Kiss of Steel ~ Bec McMaster

  • Title: Kiss of Steel
  • Author: Bec McMaster
  • Series: London Steampunk #1
  • Genre: Steampunk, Fantasy, Paranormal
  • Format: ebook
  • Source: Own copy
  • Reviewed by: DarthVal
  • Rating: 4 out of 5

Description:  Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it’s the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It’s been said he faced down the Echelon’s army single–handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood–craving he’s been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She’s so…innocent. He doesn’t see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he’s been seeking.

Review:  This was a fun paranormal steampunk adventure. While not overly deep it had a really solid plot and interesting characters.

Review:As the first book in the series, it was a nice start toward world building. I thought it featured an interesting take of vampire/were lore. The author did a really good job of setting up of the nature of this world without allowing the plot to be distracted by monkey-button details. I would have liked her to have gone deeper, but I suspect more will unfold through the rest of the series.

I found both of the lead characters to be engaging. Honor was a good blend of strength and vulnerability and I do so enjoy a flawed hero, such as Blade. McMaster also cast some interesting secondary characters. It will be interesting to see how they develop, especially within the context of the political intrigue set in motion.
I really like the cover. While it is not quite in the context of the story (Honor would never show that much leg out on the foggy docks), it is sassy and eye-catching. It does capture the dashing tone of the book well. The color scheme is nicely done, hinting well at the vampiric nature of the hero.

What this book lacked in depth I think it made up for in entertainment value. It left me wanting more, but in a good way.