Series- Zombiepunk Series # 1
By- Esther Wheelmaker
Genre- YA Horror/ Paranormal
Published By- Third Broom on the Left Press
Publication Date- March 29, 2013
Extra, extra, read all about it: Zombies Invade London!
It has been thirty years since the Voodoo Queen plagued England with the zombie disease that has since swept the world. Humans have had to learn to function around them while the dead kill innocent people. The government continues its efforts to try to contain and find a cure for the problem.
However, by the cover of night, a man who hunts zombie, known only as Aeron, roams the streets in search of protecting the upright citizens from the flesh eating creatures. One foggy evening Lucille Knight becomes one of these people and Aeron’s interest is instantly peeked. A stubborn, feisty “lady” in this day in age? How challenging.
But Aeron will have a little competition when Miss. Knight meets Lord Garrett Ashdown, the son of Earl Thomas or a man better known as: The Inventor. A man who builds automatons for the direct purpose of killing zombies; mysteriously understanding their blood and the way they sense humans.
Lucy is taken by the masked man known as Aeron and the equally mysterious Lord Garrett. With one concealing his true identity and the other hiding a ghastly secret, she doesn’t know which one is less dangerous. What secrets do Aeron and Garrett keep from Lucy? Will Miss. Knight be able to be with the man she chooses when she learns the awful truth?
It is still unclear. And the current edition isn’t spilling the beans just yet…
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While still relatively new to the Steampunk Genre, I am finding myself more and more intrigued with the idea behind it. As a lover of Post-Apocalypse books (especially those including Zombies!) I found the idea of mixing the two genres to be an enticing idea. So, after eagerly assenting to the email to say I would read this book and write a review, I sat down and devoured it.
I didn’t really know what to expect, and was a little put off at first by the heroine only being 16 (the hero is 18). However, though perhaps emotionally immature, Lucy Knight did not act as the teen I expected. I seemed to have forgotten that the teenager of Victorian England were much different from the teens of today! So, at peace with the main characters age, I moved forward quickly. Lucy is a believable heroine, filled with conflict, and as I said before, still somewhat emotionally immature to start. However, we get to see her grow and evolve as a person, which is always awesome to see in a character, and hard for an author to make realistic, in my experience. The hero, Lord Garrett Ashdown and his dark foil, Aeron are kick butt awesome as well. With an inner strength, strong conviction, loyalty, and with lots of cool gadgets, these characters are believable and have their own angst and issues.
A rich cast of supporting characters, including Lord and Lady Ashdown: the eccentric Inventor and the ex-Zombie slayer, a true sister-friend in Emily, and a distant Father figure, Julian Knight, round out the story, with soirees and parties to attend, zombies to slay, and shopping to be done! It is fascinating how insular the characters are, with different goals, ideals, and expectations. Yet, they work so well as teams.
I would strongly recommend this book to fans of both Steampunk and Zombies, you definitely won’t be disappointed (how do authors come up with idea for all the cool inventions and gadgets?). I greatly anticipate the next book in the series, and can’t wait to get a hold of a copy!
Her name is Esther Wheelmaker and she is the author of the new, Zombiepunk Series. With Gravely Inanimated (book one) coming to life, she is pounding away on her typewriter to try and get book two out. However, she is easily distracted by sparkly things.
Her background is a mystery and all anyone knows is she loves hugs, corsets, steampunk, books and Mozart….
…Let’s face it…Everyone likes a girl with a little mystery.