Karen Kincy (Redmond, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.
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Ardis, a mercenary in 1913 is fighting in Transylvania against the enemies of the Austria, when she meets Wendel, who is not quite the man she should be attracted to. He is a necromancer and when she spares his life, they have bonded and their lives become entwined. The story takes place in an alternate history of World War I and features a sort of steampunky new type of romance called Diesel punk (instead of steam power) and they travel on zeppelins to locations from England to Turkey and the story seems to settle around Vienna. The world building is quick and completely believable.
Wendel sometimes steals the show from Ardis, who is half Asian and reminded me a bit of Cinder by Marissa Meyer. He is snarky and you immediately see why Ardis is attracted to him but he can be annoying at times (much like Wolf). Since weapons have been rendered useless by a hex, Ardis wields a sword aided by magic as she works her way through battles. The story moved along pretty well and I really enjoyed it.
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