The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith SaintcrowThe Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow

The Iron Wyrm Affair

byLilith Saintcrow

Paperback | June 2, 2015

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Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn't help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon's Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely killthemas seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.

In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.

The game is afoot..
Bannon and Clare
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Gallow and Ragged
Trailer Park Fae

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Dead Man Rising
Devil's Right Hand
Saint City Sinners
To Hell and Back

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Hunter's Prayer
Redemption Alley
Flesh Circus
Heaven's Spite
Angel Town

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The Hedgewitch Queen
The Bandit King
Blood Call(coming August 2015)
Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA.
Title:The Iron Wyrm AffairFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:June 2, 2015Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031620126X

ISBN - 13:9780316201261

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Over the years I have become more interested in the steampunk genre and the various perspectives the authors give their books-series. I must admit that at times The Iron Wyrm Affair was a bit hard to comprehend; mainly due to some odd words and turns of phrase which I am assuming are indicative of the time period in which the book is loosely based off of. In that regard, I wish that I was able to read this book in its ebook format (instead of the library copy I did read) so as to easily utilize the dictionary function on my eReader. While I am widely read, this book did pose a welcome challenge of vocabulary which did affect the speed in which I read it. Nonetheless I did find this book engaging and thought provoking. The characters were very unique and secretive. I feel that I have not fully grasped them as a whole and that makes me want to read more in this series in the hopes of finding out more about them and their motivations. Overall the book was excellent and very descriptive.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Magic meets Steampunk Perhaps the problem I had with this story is that the magic seemed so ill-defined. Part of the charm of the Victorian age was the (often fanciful) ways in which they tried to explain their world with science. I never really got a full understanding of the magic that Bannon used, and the plot suffered for it. Which is a shame, because I loved the characters so much! I'd love to see a prequel showing us more of Bannon'a childhood, or Clare's time in school. I'll still read the next one, and perhaps if the author properly defines the magic it'll all click for me. Or maybe I'm a little too much like Claire. That's a possibility as well.
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for Steampunk fans Sorcery! Mayhem! Dragons! Corsets! Logic! (Ok maybe that last one didn't need an exclamation point but you get the idea) Lilith Saintcrow's newest steampunk adventure, The Iron Wyrm Affair, has all the mixing for an incredible and magical adventure. Emma Bannon is a sorceress of the highest calibre, so when some suspicious deaths start occuring within the city's mentah population (which as far as I could tell is basically an investigative person who uses logic to get to the bottom of things) she is called in to figure out what is going on. She's an incredibly independent woman, with a brilliant mind, and some impressive attitude. At times I found her a bit over the top - particularly when it came to her obsession with dresses. Every single one was described in so much detail, I sometimes found myself skimming to get on with the story. But overall I was definitely drawn to her as a character and fascinated by what she would do next. Lilith Saintcrow is an intelligent woman. That much comes across in her writing. She nailed the Victorian aesthetic dress, customs etc. There was never a doubt in my mind that this is what an alternative Britain would have looked like. And not only is her book well researched, it quite clever writing. It was difficult at first to get into it. I got bogged down by the detail and structure, but then I began to pick out the similarities to Victorian writing and I could appreciate in much more. It was still occasionally difficult to decipher exactly what was happening at some points but it was beautiful writing nonetheless. My one complaint about The Iron Wyrm Affair is that I still have a lot of questions. Potentially too many questions. There were a lot of character motivations that I just didn't understand. There were a few things hinted at, that never came to anything. It was almost as if the book was trying to accomplish too much, too include too many things. If you could weed through the surplus information, there was a really great story underneath, but it all comes down to whether or not you want to put that much effort into it. Final recommendation: An intelligent, well written, sometimes witty steampunk novel, that captures the Victorian age perfectly. Great for fans of the genre. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (
Date published: 2012-10-11

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"A fast-paced blend of Victorian-era urban fantasy and steampunkish technology."-Shelf Awareness