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Author: Pauline Creeden
Title: Raven
Published On: October, 2014
Series: Chronicles of Steele
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk
Publisher: AltWit Press
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This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel - all four parts of the serial in one volume! Also includes bonus features found in the episodes.

Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.


Reading Chronicles of Steele: Raven (The complete Omnibus edition of the 4 part serial by the same name) all in one go rather than episode by episode was definitely the way to go for me. I don’t think I could have handled waiting for the next one to arrive in my hot little kindle’s hands!

An impressive blend of Steampunk and Fantasy and packed full of adventure, mystery, emotion, and romance. The story had me hooked from the beginning and didn’t want to let go. While really descriptive I found myself getting sucked into all of the little details and enjoying them rather than getting bored by them and skipping the fluff.

One of the things I enjoyed the most was that the minor characters were well integrated into the story and given a part in most things. A few of them got the short end of the straw though and I felt like they missed an opportunity for more moments with them. I’d love to tell you what those were but I don’t think I can without spoiling the story!

In my head the casting of Raven Steele was a bit off the described character, but I’d recently watched Lindsay Stirling’s cosplay video from Assassins Creed and the vibe really seemed to fit. If you’re checking out this review on Fabulous and Fun, I’ll have the video down below for you to check out.


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About Pauline Creeden

In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. Her debut novel, Sanctuary is scheduled for release September 30, 2013, and has already been nominated for two awards in YA Science Fiction.

One of Pauline’s short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group.