Following A Conspiracy of Alchemists and A Clockwork Heart, Sky Pirates is the third book of the Chronicles of Light and Shadow series, starring the spunky dirigible pilot Elle Chance and the handsome warlock Marsh. For urban fantasy fans and readers of Gail Carriger's Changeless and Cherie Priest's Boneshaker, a fun, fast-paced, action-packed new historical fantasy adventure series starring vampires, fairies, and the unforgettable heroine, Elle Chance.
Set during the Belle Epoque, Sky Pirates is a thrilling and inventive historical fantasy novel, where the myths and legends of Old Europe live side by side with the wondrous creations of modern scientists and aviators. It's also set in a world haunted by vampires, fairies, and other supernatural creatures. And it mixes a thrill-a-minute page-turning plot with a genuinely moving love story. In Sky Pirates, Elle and Marsh escape to the jungles of Cambodia in search of a sacred temple that holds the key to erasing the barrier between Shadow and Light.
I received an ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.
Expected publication: October 28th 2014 by Del Rey
Elle Chance is still in mourning over the loss of her husband to the Shadow but after hearing that if she can find the mythical city of Angkor Wat and what lays there she may be able to bring him back, she sets off on an adventure to get him back.
I’m going to start this off by stating that I did not read the first two books in the series and while I was a little lost in the beginning the author did a very good job at explaining/recapping the big things like Light and Shadow, the Oracle and the Shadow Master as well as bringing in past events to explain why the relationships were the way they were in this book. But I will highly recommend starting from the beginning of the series.
Elle Chance is an interesting woman. She’s independent, determined and intelligent all things I love in a heroine, but she has a tendency to be self absorbed. Some may see her as self centered, but I don’t. She is just extremely hung up on finding a way to get her husband, Hugh Marsh back and from that point of view you can’t blame her. She uses what she has at her disposal to get what she wants and feels bad after the fact. There were times when I wanted to smack her and others where I applauded her ingenuity.
While the book is put under the steampunk genre I found it to be on the light side in comparison to other series I’ve read, though it did retain the feel with airships and Nightwalkers, but I enjoyed learning about the Light and Shadow and what Elle’s part as Oracle is in the big scheme of things and I really like Logan Dashwood, Heller and Atticus, they helped to give the story some great moments. My biggest issue is the cliffhanger ending. I understand why the big question wasn’t answered but after everything it made me want to put my Kindle into the freezer in hopes, futile as they may be, that the ending would miraculously change.
All in all the book was enjoyable and has me wanting to get the first book and read it.