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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
I am usually not into steampunk, so I hesitated a bit when I picked up The Chronicles of Steele: Raven by Pauline Creeden, but the plot sounded so interesting that I thought I should give it a try. I was not disappointed, and was pleasantly surprised. Raven is a reaper, some sort of assassin with a rather interesting moral code: for every life they take, they have to actively save one. Raven, even though she is still quite young, thinks that she has done enough, would like to be somebody's wife and finally have a normal life. Life had a different plan for her, though. A baron trusts her with the life of his little brother, Darius, who might be murdered by his own father because he thinks his son is possessed (mechanical things start going haywire when the young lord is around). Raven is asked to take Darius to a witch who will perform an exorcism - and if that didn't work, the baron asked Raven to take the boy and make sure he gets to a safe place. Of course, Raven accepts the mission, and naturally the mission does not turn out to be that simple!
The Chronicles of Steele: Raven by Pauline Creeden not only impressed me with the plot and the smooth flow of the writing, but also with the design of the book. It's such a rare thing these days to see a nicely formatted and well designed ebook that doesn't just follow the standard template. I loved how the chapter numbers looked, and that there was a quote at the beginning of each chapter. Some of them are rather quote-worthy, too! I also did not feel that the steampunk theme was too overwhelming, which was nice. I was worried there'd be mechanical terms all over the place but there were not. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with this book!