Review: Cards & Caravans by Cindy Spencer Pape

July 27, 2013 Reviews 0 Comments

Review: Cards & Caravans by Cindy Spencer PapeCards & Caravans by Cindy Spencer Pape
Series: Gaslight Chronicles #5
Genres: Steampunk
Published by Carina Press Pages: 18 March 2013
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Connor McKay failed to win the fair Wink’s heart and so got transferred out of London. He got word that a young lady, Belinda, had been convicted of witchcraft and decided to investigate. As a Knight of the Order of the Round Table, Connor is used to sniffing out and monitoring all sorts of supernatural things. Belinda clearly has powers but they are so small she couldn’t have done much damage. Deciding the whole situation is suss, he whisks her away to his family’s place.

I felt a bit sorry for Connor. After the Wink debacle, I thought he deserved a grand romance but it wasn’t to be. Connor and Belinda fall quickly in lust with each other and into bed. Unfortunately I didn’t really buy the romance as Belinda spent so much time talking to her dead husband’s spirit. They’d only been in each-other’s company for a day before Connor proposed. Individually though, I thought the two were great. Belinda was raised in a circus environment and only accepted the proposal from her late husband because he offered stability and a chance to have a home of her own. Since his death, she supplemented her income by selling homebrewed tonics and potions. This along with her beauty made her an easy target. Her husband’s spirit has been keeping an eye on her and in clear case of irony urges Belinda to give in to her feelings for Connor. Both of the women Connor is interested in have been pushed towards him by other men. I would have liked Connor to have the chance to woo this one at least, without outside interference in the form of imminent arrest and a ghost.

The steampunk aspect was lighter this time round and the magic a bit heavier. I didn’t realise how much I enjoyed the steampunk until it was diluted. The circus section was fun as everyone got to release their inner carnie but the plot could have been expanded on. A quick, enjoyable read. It isn’t necessary to have read all the other books in the series in order to understand this one but you might at least want to read the previous one, Moonlight & Mechanicals, to find out about Connor’s botched attempt at love.


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