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I Belong

Review: Disenchanted & Co. by Lynn Viehl

disenchanted-coTitle: Disenchanted & Co.

Author: Lynn Viehl

Genre: Steampunk Fantasy

Series: Disenchanted & Co (Book #1)

Publication Date: January 28, 2014

Format: Paperback, 380 Pages

ISBN-10: 1476722358 (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN-13: 978-1476722351 (Simon & Schuster)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Unlike most folks, Kit doesn’t believe in magic, but she can’t refuse to help Lady Diana Walsh, who claims a curse is viciously wounding her while she sleeps. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks are part of a more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.

Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of a nefarious deathmage and the unwelcome scrutiny of the police chief inspector. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. For the truth promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive

Quick & Dirty: Fast paced mystery steampunk with a great heroine.

Opening Sentence: “I know his first wife put a curse on me,” Lady Walsh said.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Kit doesn’t believe in magic at all, and often takes cases just to disprove magic. When Lady Diana Walsh comes to her with nasty names carved on her skin, Kit has no choice but to help her. When Kit is warned off the case by Lord Dreadmore, she begins to suspect Lady Walsh’s husband might be involved. However, when Doyle shows up to interrogate her after claims have been made saying she is blackmailing Lady Walsh, Kit wonders if she in over her head.

Kit discovers a hidden door underneath Lady Walsh’s bed, and knows that someone is sneaking in and hurting Lady Walsh. But, she just can’t figure out who it is, and the deeper she gets into the mystery, the more dangerous things get. When Lord Dreadmore helps save her from an attack by two snuffmages, and later she finds that she has been drugged in police custody, Kit knows that she has to help Lady Walsh before someone kills her.

I want to rave and say so much more about this book, but spoilers. So the link here will be both part 1 and 2, and I am off after this to acquire part 2 as I was left on a massive cliffhanger and I have to know what is going on. So yes, this is the rare Steampunk that I loved. I could not get enough of this book. Part one is only about 200 pages, so I devoured that and I am still thinking about it. Kit’s one of my favorite main characters ever and her friends. Rina, Queen of the Night, and Bridget and oh tall dark and deadly… Lord Dreadmore… I need more…

I love the worldbuilding, the mystery, and well just about everything I read. I really can’t say anything bad about this at all. It appealed to me on so many levels.

Notable Scene:

Too many odd things had been happening too fast. I’d met the ghost of a grandfather I’d never known existed. Doyle had been sent to question me and then had hinted he knew more about my mother than I did. Even Dreadmore had made a point to warn me off Walsh while nattering on about his dark and dire faces, whatever that meant.

I’d never investigated myself or family, but it seemed a prudent time to remedy that.

Disenchanted & Co Series:

1. Disenchanted & Co

2. The Clockwork Wolf

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FTC Advisory: Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Disenchanted & Co. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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