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Book One of the Magnificent Devices series.

London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world.

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices.

When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . but sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .

“An immensely fun series with some excellent anti-sexist messages, a wonderful main character (one of my favourites in the genre) and a great sense of Victorian style and language that’s both fun and beautiful to read.” —Fangs for the Fantasy: The latest in urban fantasy from a social justice perspective

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Award-winning author Shelley Adina wrote her first teen novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, a B.A. in Literature, an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages. Between books, Shelley loves traveling, playing the piano and Celtic harp, making period costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 392 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 259 Seiten
  • Verlag: Moonshell Books, Inc. (30. Mai 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0053CYXS0
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Synopsis [by Goodereads.com - again, they do it better than I could]:

London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin's son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world. At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices . . . When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . .

Review:
This story easily could have gotten five stars, if not for the abrupt end of it. The novel felt as it just had gotten started - and was finished again. There will be a next book ["Her own devices"] and I'm glad about that and will surely read it - but with hardly 200 pages, I feel, the author could just have added a few chapters before publishing.

But besides the feeling of having read a mere prologue to a story, the writing is fabolous, the language the characters speak, really is Victorian Age, as is their behaviour and the way men and women interact.
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Is this a new kindle enabled era of very short books that do not contain a complete story anymore?
Or do I just feel this way because this book just gave me the start of a story?
Believe me - I find it difficult to rate a book that only provided a hint of the plot.
But let's look at what we have from my biased point of view:
Many people here applaud the wonderful world description and the characters. This might be true but for me there is another important aspect: credibility of the plot.
I am sorry but I cannot believe the way the story goes. (spoiler warning!)
Example: A pack of adolescents and children steal from Claire. Claire attacks and hurts them. Then I assume there must be some magic epiphany happening because right after they wipe their tears they team up with Claire.
How utterly unbelievable!
In my opinion Clarie doesn't solve the problems she's confronted with. I would say that whenever a situation is too complicated or too dire the plot is bent to help Clarie. No matter the credibility.

So why 3 stars?
The book is very well written. If you put your brain into energy saving mode then you will have a pleasant way to pass the time.
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Die Geschichte um die junge Claire Trevelyan zieht einen schnell in ihren Bann. Ihre größten Sorgen sind zunächst, wie sie ihrem Wissensdurst nachgehen kann ohne den engen Verhaltensrahmen, der einer jungen Dame aus vornehmen Hause im viktorianischen London gesetzt wird, zu sprengen. Doch dies ändert sich plötzlich, als ihr Vater nach dem finanziellen Ruin - er hatte sein Vermögen auf Öl und den Verbrennungsmotor gesetzt, was sich als fataler Fehler herausstellt - Selbstmord begeht, ein wütender Mob von Investoren der nun wertlosen Firma des Vaters ihr Elternhaus plündert und Claire sich gegen eine Straßenbande behaupten muss. Hier sind ist ihr vormals so hinderlicher Einfallsreichtum nun sehr hilfreich und bald hat sie sich mit einigem Wagemut eine neue Perspektive aufgebaut.

Ich habe die Geschichte schnell durchgelesen und mich dabei an den gut gezeichneten Charakteren und der bald Fahrt aufnehmenden Handlung erfreut. Immer wieder verwendet Shelley Adina altertümliche, englische Sprache und schafft es so einen in das viktorianische Zeitalter zu versetzen. Gut gefallen hat mir auch Adinas beiläufige Beschreibung ihrer Steampunkwelt mit dem Konflikt zwischen konservativen, adligen 'Bloods' und den erfindungsreichen, unternehmerischen 'Wits'. Sehr schön finde ich auch, dass neben der Enge der Welt der Adligen, besonders der Frauen, auch die Not der einfachen Bevölkerung im viktorianischen London in "Lady of Devices" vorkommt.

Dennoch bekommt diese gelungene, unterhaltsame und flüssig zu lesende Geschichte von mir vier und nicht fünf Sterne.
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Very nice story. Never heard of Steampunk before, this was my introduction, so to speak. I wish more of these stories.
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HASH(0x9b16f6fc) von 5 Sternen ok, could have been great 23. Oktober 2012
Von Candice or Tim Ball - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
So the writing is good, the character development believable, and the world building is detailed. Then why, am I saying this is just an o.k. book? Because the author stretched out what could have been a great book into 3 going on four lousy parts. Seems like every YA author's editor is advising their authors to stretch out books to be the next Twilight. Problem is the cliff hangers are ridiculous, things like "oh I really need to have a conversation with so and so, oh wait he's gone!" O.k. everybody wait another 6 months for the next book. I think so far all the events in the series have happened over a period of months at best. It's a shame, because like I said, this book has so many good points. But the constant stretching at all costs causes the writing to deteriorate significantly, especially by the 3rd book. This author could have had one great book, something that people would have taken seriously. And the world she built is so detailed, a series developed about each of the supporting characters would have been welcomed. Instead, by the time you reach the 3rd book, it's apparent that what ever greatness this once had, it is now only forgettable drivel. Not something you would ever re-read or pass along to any friend you actually like.
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HASH(0x9b180618) von 5 Sternen Lady of Devices is a steampunk treat! 3. Juli 2011
Von Novel Chatter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Poor Lady Claire, seventeen and not giving a fig about presenting herself into Victorian society, she's such a frustration to her dear mother, but Claire could not possibly care less about the plans that her mother has for her future. Claire's more interested in blowing things up in the chemistry labs and learning to drive the family's Landau. Lady Claire longs to attend University to study engineering. She's certain that the future will be in steam driven engines and various other devices. When Claire's father dies, and his company goes bankrupt, the family comes to realize that their cushy live is now over. With Claire's mother and baby brother, the current heir apparent, fleeing to the country, that leaves Claire in charge of selling their London home and letting their servants go.

When a mob of angry investors in Claire's father's now worthless company decide to riot and burn the family home, Lady Claire is forced to flee the streets of London in the family Landau. And that's where Claire's adventure begins for real. Accosted in Jack, the Ripper's Whitechapel area of London, Claire's relieved of her belongings and her beloved Landau. She's left unconscious on the street. That is, until a crew of young street urchins find her. What comes next is a wonderful story of trust, friendship and help the comes from the most unexpected places.

Shelley Adina's opened the door to a Victorian Steampunk world that fascinates us in today's 21st Century. "Lady of Devices", the first of Adina's trilogy in the Magnificent Devices series, is full of wonderful characters from the Lords and Ladies to the charmingly drawn young gang of hoodlums that Claire falls in with. Adina manages to lure us into the steampunk era with joy and excitement. Her plotline is strong and the cast of characters are well interwoven, it's Adina's vivid descriptions of Victorian London that make you turn the pages.

This may have been written for the YA audience, but it's certainly something I will follow and recommend. Adina manages to not only tell an engaging story, she also ever so sneakily weaves in some lessons in honestly, morality and what it's like to be a true and trusted friend.

I liked it and look forward to reading the next book in Adina's Magnificent Devices series.

"Lady of Devices" gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.

This book is from my own library, I happily purchased it in Kindle form with my own pennies. You should too!
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HASH(0x9b180ab0) von 5 Sternen Shockingly good 18. Februar 2012
Von Ian Beck - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I admit it; I'd been avoiding this book. Ever since I devoured Lindsay Buroker's fantastic Emperor's Edge books Amazon has been inundating me with recommendations for steampunk (which is silly; Emperor's Edge peripherally involves steam power, sure, but it is not really steampunk). And I'm not a huge fan of steampunk. Particularly steampunk by authors like Cherie Priest and Gail Carriger.

Finally, though, I gave in and downloaded the sample, and am I ever glad I did. I tore through this and its sequel Her Own Devices in the space of an evening (practically made myself late for an appointment, but finished just in time), and have spent the bulk of my time since recommending it to everyone I meet. I admit; the grocery store attendant looked at me pretty oddly.

The basics: Claire Trevelyan at 17 has the perfect life for her time period. She's the daughter of a powerful British noble in the latter days of Victorian England, steam power and sundry standard steampunk inventions are really taking off, and the worst problem she has is figuring how to convince her mother to let her apply to study engineering instead of making the socially appropriate marriage that is expected of her. But then tragedy strikes; her father, having foolishly invested almost all of their fortune in the non-starter technology of combustion engines (*snork*), loses virtually everything. Her family is forced into exile to their country estates, and through a series of unfortunate events Lady Claire finds herself on the streets.

And then things really kick into gear. Lady of Devices and its sequel are non-stop. If Lady Claire is not educating a local street gang on why you should never underestimate a lady with chemical bombs, she's politely insulting peeresses. She's a fascinating and fun character, and there's a little bit of everything over the course of the book; a smattering of romance, ridiculously improbable science, action, posh parties, desperate straights, and several points where I laughed out loud in sheer appreciation of Lady Claire's audacity or spunk.

I'm usually very leery to read fantasy set in Victorian England because it almost inevitably deals solely with the inanities and claustrophobias of life in the upper echelon of society while completely ignoring the human suffering that was running rampant through the majority of the populace. The Devices books so far have done a lovely job of offering both, thanks to Lady Claire. It is also exceedingly refreshing to find a female lead who is willing to fight for her rights as a person; so many female fantasy leads these days end up disappointing me. Sure they're willing to engage in violence or other actions that have historically only been appropriate for men, but in the end they're just fine sacrificing their personal power over to Mr. Hunky Werewolf/Vampire/whatever that happens down the pipe. Lady Claire is far more interesting; she's a Victorian lady to her core thanks to her upbringing, is reticent to commit violence, values many "female" things like children and domesticity, and yet is constantly driven by her iron-clad intention to preserve her personal autonomy and power while she seeks the knowledge and mental stimulation that she has always craved but largely been denied.

I really cannot recommend these novels enough. I will be keeping a close eye on Shelley Adina's work from here on out.
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HASH(0x9b1808d0) von 5 Sternen Lady of Devices 24. Juli 2011
Von S. Appel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I happened on Lady of Devices by accident, read the Kindle sample and was hooked from the first page. My only disappointment was that it was too short! I could have stayed with Lady Claire and her amazing mind (not afraid of math or sciences-we need more role models like this in our world!) who manages to take her stifling circumstances and become an independent woman. Too often I find YA heroines are lost in their own emotional turmoil and almost nonfunctional. On the contrary, Lady Claire uses her intelligence and moral fiber to craft the beginnings of a very interesting life for herself. An alternative 1890s London comes alive with wonderful characters, from high society to hoodlums, and I found myself charmed and inspired on almost every page. I cannot wait for the sequel.
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HASH(0x9b180e64) von 5 Sternen Please sir, may I have some more 14. Mai 2014
Von Nikster - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The concept was really good and I loved the crew she gathered around herself. However Claire herself is not really likable, she's arrogant and privileged. "You've had a tough life", "and no one knows that more than me."- seriously???? She was too proud to sleep in the bath at her idols house but she'll make a home with a bunch of urchins, then after a couple of nights thinks she knows what their life is all about?
Not too keen on the thing going on between Claire, Andrew and James. James didn't actually come off across as bad as I guess he was meant to in the laboratory because I just don't feel Claire's hate for him. She also makes a whole lot of assumptions about him based on their brief interaction that are the poler opposite, and yet both men have fallen hopelessly in love with her.
I didn't hate the story, I just don't like any of the people in it.
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