Sunday, February 3, 2013
REVIEW: The Lady of Chains and other Stories by V Shaw
Title: The Lady of Chains and Other Stories
Author: V Shaw
Published Date: Oct 30,2012
Publisher: Pendle Publishing
Copy provided by: author
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis: “Remember; you have seventy-two hours to do the deed and not a moment longer. Cut her throat and remove her heart. That, my girl, is the only way to destroy the wretched creature.”
Greylock. A city supported by a network of scaffolding, bleeding rust and wheezing steam. Patrolled by an army of ‘metal men’—creatures who’re designed for nothing more than to kill and destroy. Nothing grows. Nothing truly lives.
The tower stands like an ice-pick, pushing through a snarl of thorns, resting upon the outskirts of Greylock. It is home to the Lady of Chains, a woman imprisoned without a sentence. A woman who almost single-handedly destroyed the world . . .
Viola, a young orphan girl, has been thrust into this nightmarish world by the devious Mrs Casket, caretaker of the tower and maid to the mysterious lady. She’s been given a task which could either see her demise or be her salvation.
But who is the Lady of Chains? And why does she insist that she is connected to Viola? With the clock ticking and the metal men drawing near, Viola is about to learn that not everything is what it seems . . .
A spellbinding novelette with elements of steampunk.
My review: I'd like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and for being so patient for the review. It's been a few months coming.
This book was just okay for me. There was action in it, and suspense, and mystery. But here were a lot of things that weren't explained very well, or described very well. Maybe you just have to put your mindset into the steampunk world before opening this book and it would make more sense. The interaction between Viola and the Lady in Chains was good, and you couldn't help but feel a little sorry for the Lady. But the end just sort of confused me.
The short stories afterwards were interesting twists, so they were just okay too. Ultimately, if you're going to read this book, go get it out of the library.