Monday, October 8, 2012

Ivey and the Airship, by Cheryl Ammeter (fiction) - dark shadows, steampunk quest

Ivey and the Airship by Cheryl Ammeter published by Wisdom House Books
A luxury dirigible high above the clouds,
Fine dinners and stealthy footsteps,
Sudden visions through others' eyes,
Rumors of vicious war.

Welcome to the steampunk world of Aether, where a young lady's social skills are far more valued than her intelligence, where a good marriage is a barometer of success, and where Ivey Thornton is determined to do things differently.

Favorite of her father's five botanically-named daughters, she wants to follow in his scientific footsteps, investigating the new otheophainers that allow flight without use of a balloon. But first, she must discover why otheocoils affect her so strangely - and break off her arranged engagement to Miles (and his mother).

Ask for the first book in The Aether's Edge series at your local library or independent bookstore. The author is busily at work on book 2 right now; let's hope that the life-sucking leeches don't make an encore in Master of the Manor!

Book info: Ivey and the Airship (The Aether's Edge, Book 1) / Cheryl Ammeter. Wisdom House Books, 2012.  [author's website] [publisher site]

My Recommendation: Ivey just wants to research the unknown with her father. But Aether’s society frowns upon girls as scientists, so Ivey's family arranges her betrothal to the son of her father’s best friend. Perhaps she can make Miles so angry during their airship voyage that he’ll break off the engagement – if the murderer on board doesn’t get them first!

Wrestling underwater with her secret pet waterdog and experimenting with explosives aren’t the ladylike arts that her sisters learned; it’s doubtful that Mrs. Fenchurche will appreciate Ivey’s ideas about the essential skills of life. However, the young man’s mother must admit that his late father would have delighted in this union between their innovative families. If Miles would only cease his world travels and settle down to provide heirs to the transportation industry fortune…

The luxuries and gadgetry of the airship Monarch take Ivey by surprise, as does Miles’ appreciation of her curiosity about his inventions. Neither is happy about the idea of marriage, but their scientific discussions are quite interesting. Someone else is paying extremely close attention to the awkward young couple, as strange ‘accidents’ begin to occur around them once the airship is far from port.

Sabotage, murder, killer bubble baths? Who wants to bury the Monarch and her passengers deep into the mountains? What is drawing Ivey into a sinister dreamworld that threatens Aether? Who is trying to unearth a secret that will shatter the world? Does the Institute of Sciences hold the key to these mysteries?

Steampunk meets dark and mystical forces in this action-packed first book of the Aether’s Edge series, where Ivey and Miles use quick thinking and their own kind of courage to meet dangers head-on. (One of 5,000 books recommended on Review copy and cover image courtesy of the author.

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