Finley Jayne knows she's not "normal". Normal girls don't lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she's offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined.
An exclusive prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles.
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Enjoyable, but didn't wow me.
This is a short story which is a prequel introduction to a series. I found it enjoyable. Finley was an interesting and pretty likeable character, but I found the plot a bit silly. As far as "Steampunk", I'm not sure I would quite classify it as such. There are automatons, etc. But the Victorian atmosphere was very thin. I may read the next (officially first) book in this series, but was not inspired to want to do so right away.
A good introduction to the series
Though the story is short, it's still a fun intro to the series. I read the book awhile back and liked it and decided to listen to it through Audible. The narrator does an atrocious characterization of Finley. She is written as a 16 year old "slip of a girl" and from the cover artwork she's attractive. The narrator gives her a thug-like masculine voice that sounds like a high school play where someone is very poorly imitating a horribly awkward Cockney accent. The other female voices are fine - so why make the main character sound so ridiculous?
If the rest of the books are recorded, I hope the author will have some say in a better narrator.
Narrator has no clue how to do a Cockney accent in a natural manner. Main character's voice was highly irritating.
I enjoyed the series and hope the rest will come to Audible (with a different narrator - Fiona Hardingham would be a wonderful choice!)