"The Warlock's Curse" Review and Tour Giveaway

 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!

Review

"The Warlock's Curse" 
by M.K. Hobson

Publisher: Demimonde
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.

My Review:

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
Setting: 5/5

Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 5/5 (fantastic!)
Writing: 4/5


Bottom Line: A great, new (to me) steampunk world with in-depth characters and storytelling.



Bio:
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.


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Giveaway

GIVEAWAY RULES:

This is a tour-wide giveaway. You can enter the same giveaway at each of the tour stops!
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*.
*Open to US only*

13 ebooks of The Warlock's Curse
*Open worldwide*
Ends 12/30/12

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15 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

You've got a point. The cover makes me think female POV. Even though I love male POVs.

Blodeuedd said...

I so wanna read book 1 :D

Candace said...

I hadn't thought it about it until later, but since there's a girl on the cover I suppose it would be easy to assume it's a female POV, or at least partially. I guess I wouldn't have minded Jenny's POV in addition to Will's.
Since you enjoyed the book I encourage you to read her others and I think you may like them even more. She was traditionally published with her first two books but decided on self publishing this one. If you're interested in more she did a guest post at Books and Things about it.
So glad you enjoyed it! And thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and reviewing the book!

Diana Leigh said...

I love the early 1900s time period, and the paranormal elements are intriguing. I'm not sure about the whole book being a male POV, though. I'm a big fan of the female voice. :)

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

I love steampunk so I'll have to check this out! Thanks for sharing!

xoxo,
Renee

Kirsten! said...

The synopsis sounds interesting, so even though I prefer female POV, I'll probably give it a shot. It is a bit strange that there's a girl on the cover, though.

Barbara E. said...

I haven't started this series yet, but I've been meaning to. I've had the first two books on my wish list for ages.

BURIED IN BOOKS said...

I think I'd like this series. But, like you, I would have expected this one to be from the girl's point of view since she is featured prominently on the front cover which is awesome by the way!

Heather

Karen said...

I love male POV but I think I would have expected at least alternating since the girl is so prominently featured on the cover but it sounds great.

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

I'm glad the book was a pleasant surprise! It looks really profesional!
:D

erin said...

Sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!

KM said...

Gah, I love this time period! And this book sounds great. Glad you liked it! And I totally agree that the cover is awesome!

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I was expecting a girl pov from the cover as well. I'm really considering a witch/warlock book challenge next year. Books like this really interest me.

Carol Runzel said...

ths was a verrie good read where can i find morecfrh1120@yahoo.com

Carol Runzel said...

my wife is carol mine is carl we shair email my computar went down my name carl holland thank you so much

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