Title: A Spark Unseen
Author: Sharon Cameron
Genre: YA Steampunk
Series: The Dark Unwinding (Book 2)
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 352 Pages
ISBN-10: 0545328136 (Scholastic Press)
ISBN-13: 978-0545328135 (Scholastic Press)
Reviewed by: Candy
The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron’s blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.
When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.
But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust–if anyone–to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.
Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.
Quick & Dirty: In this sequel to A Dark Unwinding, Katharine is still trying to protect her uncle from those who would use his genius to make weapons. After someone tries to kill him she knows she must find the one person who has always looked out for her uncle, Lane.
Opening Sentence: I opened my eyes, the air in my bedchamber pulsing with the kind of silence that only comes in the wake of sound- a sound that never should have been there.
After reading The Dark Unwinding I was very inpatient for a second book to come out. I wanted to know what would become of everyone now that someone had tried to use Uncle Tully’s inventions for war rather for the fun that he had created them for. Unfortunately for Katherine and Uncle Tully, their troubles are far from over. People on both the English side and French side want to use Uncle Tully now and will do anything to get to him, even if it means kidnapping. It is up to Katherine to make sure that no one can continue to use her uncle no matter what that entails.
I truly like Katherine, she is so brave. Many women in her position would give up and let the government take her uncle away, but not Katherine. Instead she decides to go to Paris to find Lane, the one man who was always there for her uncle and the one man she had found herself in love with before he left. Katherine’s trip to Paris is a dangerous one, if she is caught by the English government she could be accused of treason and would lose everything that she holds dear. Also, she doesn’t know what the French are up to and whether they will hurt her. Then when she gets to Paris she has no idea where to look for Lane. Here again some people may have given up when their only lead seems like a dead end, but Katherine would not give up and believe he was dead like she was told. Even when she is followed and watched and was almost attacked she just keeps on going.
I love the steampunk in these books and all the clever things that her Uncle Tully creates. He is autistic so most people think there is something wrong with him, but he is a genius. He creates wonderful thing like bells that ring throughout the house without a string connecting them and other wonderful inventions. My favorite invention of his is not in this book but in the first one where he creates a dragon that twines around a tower. What a wonderful mind Uncle Tully must have to create something so magical using science.
I recommend this series to those who love steampunk, espionage and danger. Also, I recommend this to both adults and young adults alike. Sharon Cameron’s series is a wonderful tale that draws the reader in and made me want to read it all in one sitting.
“We are finished here,” I told him. “Please call the village committee together and say that I regret to inform them that Mr. Fredrick Tulman is dead.”
I shut the door behind Dr. Pruitt and locked it, turning back to gaze at Mary. She was already in motion, smoothing the blanket, arranging my uncle’s hair, liberties he would have never before allowed her.
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