I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Steam by Stacey Rourke
Series: The Legends Saga #3
Published by Anchor Group Publishing on Expected publication: September 14th 2015
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Time passes, sins forgotten.
The bodies of the victims long since rotten.
Trapped within the essence of the Headless Horseman by the guilt of slaughtering her best friend, Ireland Crane follows the father of science fiction, HG Wells, in search of freedom from the curse that binds her. Instead, she discovers even he has a hidden agenda. A dark, relentless passion to be reunited with the woman he loves has driven him to manipulate time and a murderous Horseman.
Yet heed my warning, as the Raven flies,
The Hessian will come … and you will die.
All that prevents Ireland from abandoning Wells’ twisted pursuit, or introducing him to her sword, are the undead witches haunting her. Begging for freedom from a vile succubus, the ghoulish coven leads Ireland and her crew on a journey through Salem’s sordid past. There, they learn there is more to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s history than a scarlet letter, and the secret they’ve uncovered seeks to destroy them all.
The third and absolute fantastic ending (maybe) to this series.
What’s hard is that there are so many twists in this, so doing a review without spoilers is going to test me!
First of all, this is a series where book one and two must be read prior to book three. If read out of order they will make absolutely no sense whatsoever. Stacey Rourke adds a bit more to each story so they grow and progress as the books progress.
Since book 1 I have loved Ireland. She’s grown too, not all in good ways! She’s definitely more formidable than in book one, but even then she had her strengths, otherwise she would not have been able to deal with everything that has happened, AND what’s to come in the third.
A bone-white face stared back at him, black veins twining intricate lace patterns beneath the surface of the skin. Her lips had been kissed to a frost-bite blue. The dark shadows that lurked around her eyes took the smoky-eyed look to a whole new level. Some may have thought her look to be lovely in a darkly twisted way, but they probably didn’t know the body count associated with it.
On a separate note, I’m dying to try to draw her. The idea of her is so much more than my artistic talent, but it would be so much fun!
I had not read books one and two for quite some time but fortunately a lot of the story came back to me. If it’s been a while you may want to go back and familiarize yourself. This entire story is about book three.
Just as the other two, this dives RIGHT into the action. I loved this one because it is all about the Salem Witch Trials. Think you know everything about them? Stacey turns the story on its head and throws in so much that I found myself scared all over again for them.
“We are not witches,” Tituba corrected, her spine straightening with indignation even as she helped shuffle Haddy’s form toward the door. “We serve the Goddess and her elements, working at the right hand of magic. We treasure the virtues of mirth, reverence, honor, humility, strength, beauty, and compassion. Witch is a moniker given by the Puritans to describe people they feel delve into darkness to serve their own selfish desires.”
Preen is a huge part of this story. It goes back and forth between her and Ireland. Sometimes that annoys me but in this case the story of each woman must be read and understood. It all comes out in the end and will make sense. Although when it does get ready for the feels. So much happens in the last 25% that you will be glued to the book!
It’s sad. I’m not sure if this will be the last of this series. Stacey left it open just enough. Questions are all answered. I almost wish they weren’t! Just be ready. You’ll love and hate it!
In short: Stacey Rourke has created a fabulously intense series out of all of the old stories we know but with twists that I never saw coming. Outstanding!