Series: Armored Hearts #1
By: Pauline Creeden & Melissa Turner Lee
Published: May 20th, 2013 by AltWit Press, approx. 247 pages
When a crippled young lord rescues a girl falling from a tree, it reveals a secret about himself and his mother’s side of the family that could put him at the center of a war with beings he thought only existed in fairy tales.
Tristan Gareth Smyth lived his entire life stuck at home at Waverly Park and left behind while his Grandfather makes trips to London, all because of his blasted wheelchair.
Then an American heiress falls in his lap, literally, and he must find a way to keep her at a distance to protect not only his secret, but everyone around him from an assassin sent to kill him.
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In simple language, Pauline Creeden breaks down Biblical stories and applies them to real life in new ways. Her methods of teaching have brought new light to old scriptures. In her fiction, she 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 horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.
She is the Admin for Spirit Filled Kindle and an administrator for Readers’ Realm. Her articles, reviews, and devotionals have been featured in RUBY FOR WOMEN Magazine,Devotionals for Bloggers, Faith Filled Family Magazine, and Christian Fiction Book Reviews.
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. She is currently editing and drafting several novels at various stages.
Armored Hearts: Book One of the Fantasy Steampunk Series
I am a dabbler in the Steampunk genre, only having read one or two previously: but the idea does fascinate me. Throw in Fantasy, and WOW! Hold on for a fun ride. Think Sci-Fi Fantasy set in Victorian times, with their sensibilities, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of where Steampunk Fantasy is coming from.
The first in a series, Armored Hearts focuses on the life of Tristan Gareth Smyth, a wheel-chair bound member of nobility, who uses the his attitude as a way to shield himself from outsiders. Underneath all that attitude, lies a lonely young man, whose true character shines through again and again.
I can’t say much more without spoilers, so I’ll leave it at that. So, as I said, I wasn’t sure about this book at first, as I’m not a big Steampunk fan, but with my love of fantasy, I wanted to give it a go….and I wasn’t disappointed. Armored Hearts is a sweet, whimsical coming of age tale, with the promise of lots more adventure in the future. This book focuses on the reader gaining knowledge of the main characters of the series, while the storyline allows Gareth to learn what it really means to be a man and discovers truths about himself. I can’t wait for more of this series, to see Gareth as he moves forward, and left to wonder what part of his heritage he will embrace, and if it’s possible for him to embrace it all.
I would recommend this book to avid Steampunk fans, as well as those dabblers such as myself- it involves a fascinating glimpse into the Steampunk world. Fantasy lovers will also enjoy this great unique twist on the classic boy coming into himself (and his heritage) story. You definitely won’t be disappointed in this fresh take!
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