As part of the blog tour for The Warlock's Curse, I have my review as well as the Rafflecopter for the tour-wide giveaway!
"The Warlock's Curse"
by M.K. Hobson
Release Date: Oct 31, 2012
Source: sent by publicist and author
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
THE YEAR IS 1910. Eighteen-year-old Will Edwards has landed a prestigious apprenticeship at Detroit’s Tesla Industries, the most advanced scientific research center in the United States. It’s a plum prize for a young man who dreams of a career in the new science of Otherwhere Engineering.
But his father doesn’t want him to go. And he won’t tell him why.
Determined to get there by any means necessary, Will finds unexpected support along the way. His old friend Jenny Hansen—daughter of a San Francisco timber baron—is eager to help him for reasons of her own. And so is his estranged brother Ben, who he hasn’t seen in over ten years.
But running away turns out to be the easy part. On the first full moon after his eighteenth birthday, Will is stricken by a powerful magic—a devastating curse laid upon his ancestors by the malevolent sangrimancer Aebedel Cowdray. Will must find a way to control the magic that possesses him—or the vengeful warlock’s spirit will destroy everything and everyone he loves.
This was my first book by this author, and I really enjoyed it. Even though I didn't feel lost by jumping into book 3 in the series, I have to say that I probably could have benefited from reading the first two in the story. I did feel like I was thrust into this new and different world pretty quickly. However, the book can definitely be read as a standalone. This is a very exciting and intricate story with both historical and steampunk elements. Since I'm a fan of both genres, the book worked well for me.
I was surprised with the quality of the writing and editing in an indie book. I really wouldn't have noticed that it wasn't from a big publisher. The writing flowed well and never felt elementary. The characters were really fleshed out and I wanted to root for them.
I have to apologize to fans of the male POV, I was a little disappointed that this book was only from Will's viewpoint. Maybe it was the girl featured on the cover, I'm not sure, but I was expecting a female POV as well. Will was very likable, but I wanted to hear more from Jenny as well.
Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5
Cover: 5/5 (fantastic!)
Bottom Line: A great, new (to me) steampunk world with in-depth characters and storytelling.
M.K. Hobson’s debut novel, The Native Star—the first book in her Veneficas Americana series—was nominated for a Nebula award in 2010. She lives in the first city in the United States incorporated west of the Rockies. Her favorite writers are Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, Booth Tarkington, Gore Vidal, and William S. Burroughs. The Warlock’s Curse is her third novel. You can find out more at her website, www.demimonde.com.
Book trailer: http://youtu.be/oyrYAfu8IMg
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Prize package of *signed* copies of The Native Star, The Hidden Goddess and The Warlock's Curse as well as a swag pack of a Tesla Industries pin, magnets and a sticker *not shown*.
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