Release Date: August 5, 2013
Published by: Carina Press
Source: Provided by Netgalley
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Although I have only been part of Society for two years, I am already desperate to escape its confines and eager for adventure. The world my deceased parents have left me is nothing more than a gilded prison, and I will do anything to escape the boredom, even become a collector of bounties.
My name is Cherry St. Croix, and I may be young, but I am old enough to know when I am in over my head. My first collection seemed easy: Mr. Strangeway's debts have come due, and the purse for his capture is hefty. Yet the wastrel remains one step ahead of me, and my efforts are hampered by another collector after the same coin. What's more, a simple hunt becomes the forefront of a conspiracy that leads me on a chase through London's low-class streets.
Not only does my pride demand success, but the well-being of many rests upon the choices I make—failure is not an outcome I can live with.
A great prequel to one of my favorite steampunk series. It's a must-read for loyal St. Croix fans and a perfect introduction for readers who have been interested in starting the series.
I enjoyed being in the mind of a young Cherry St. Croix and learning about her first experience with collecting. She's a brave, determined girl wanting to prove that she's capable of becoming a collector below the drift and able to earn money of her own. Being a young heiress in London and a lady bound by society's rules, she has no way of supporting her opium habit without sneaking away and earning coin in other, more creative, ways.
Another thing I enjoyed about this story was the introduction of the Midnight Menagerie's Micajah Hawke. He's a character that followers of the series have become very familiar with and it was interesting reading about the first time they crossed paths.
If you're a fan of stories with a steampunk element and you enjoy tough anti-heroines and seedy underworld settings, then you'll love the St. Croix Chronicles. The last installment in the series, Corroded, releases this September.
"Born wealthy, raised poor, a criminal long before I was ever a lady. I was no more a part of London's streets than I was a part of my mother's Society. A deucedly lonely position, were I to let it haunt me."
"I shall be cautious as a mouse." A hungry one, with no fear, and fearsome teeth.
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