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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Drea's Review: Of Silk and Steam

Title: Of Silk and Steam
Author: Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk, #5
Format: e-book
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Length: Novel (416 pages)
Genre: Steampunk Romance
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 3.5-stars 

Drea's Review:

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Mina owes everything horrible in her life to one man, the Duke of Caine. Ill and withdrawn from public life, Caine is untouchable. But his heir and proxy Leo Barrons is another story. At every turn she clashes with Barrons—politically, socially, and perhaps…lustfully. And then she discovers the means to destroy Caine and his heir. That is exactly what she wanted. Or is it?
Leo has wanted Mina since he witnessed her duel to earn her duchy years ago. Yet she credits his father with the death of her entire family. Of course, he’s got to become obsessed with the one woman who will never want him. Slowly chipping away at her reserves is the way to go. But only when she discovers his biggest secret does he realize what his true endgame has been all along—her, forever.

Of Silk and Steam is the fifth book in Ms. McMaster’s London Steampunk series. At this point I’ve read all but the first one. I can’t help but make comparisons between the books in my review.

Let me start by saying I don’t think a reader new to the series could pick this up and hope to follow along with what’s going on. There’s too much world building and backstory left out. And the reader needs a connection to the secondary characters to care about a good amount of the action.

When I saw this blurb, I thought Sweet! Another enemies to lovers trope. It’s going to be like the third book—my favorite. Unfortunately Of Silk and Steam is nothing like My Lady Quicksilver. Though Mina is meant to hate Barrons because of his father, she only pretends to hate him. Barrons has apparently already chipped away at her reserves a good deal prior to this story’s start. That’s not to say this isn’t a good book. Barrons’ wooing of Mina is in that tall, dark, and on the right side of sexy stalker range that makes reading their scenes a blast. I just didn’t get the same skin-prickling punch the third book gave me. Sigh, such a high is difficult to reproduce (seriously, go read the third book).

The romance in Of Silk and Steam, while scorching at times, takes a backseat to the heaps of series plot that gets tied up in this. And we do get a much needed look into a different side of London’s story (the Queen’s!).  Now I’m curious what comes after this.

This is an excellent addition to the series and a must read for fans...but definitely not the book to start out on. Given it was a bit slow to start and spent more time on the series plot than on the book's romance than I would have liked, I give it three and a half stars.


  1. On the contrary, I have only read book 1 and I really loved it but I know I need to read the others now too. I was quite curious about this one because the reviews are really positive. But well will see book 2 first. thanks for the review!

    1. I really need to read that one. I bought it and then lent it to someone. *frowns*
      Yeah, definitely get through some of the others before you try this one or #5 won't make as much sense.

  2. Oh gosh I love this so much! I hope the next story arc (damphirs?) Would be as awesome as this!

  3. You know I still have the 1st book in the series sitting on my shelf...won it in a of these of these days, lols.

    Great review Drea!

  4. Ahhh one day one day I will read these. I keep getting offered the newer ones but yeah havent read any so have passed :/

  5. I got the first two book (audio) from kindle unlimited and I really enjoyed them. I'm glad the series continues to be good, although the 3.5 rating scars me a little bit :(
    Thanks Drea :)