Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story

  • by Pauline Creeden
  • Narrated by Andrea Emmes
  • 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the complete steampunk fantasy novel - all four parts of the serial in one volume! Also includes bonus features not found in the episodes.
Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are 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.


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Great narration/okay story.

If you could sum up Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story in three words, what would they be?

Mystical, action, adventure.

What did you like best about this story?

There were some really great elements to he story, and I found Raven to be a nice character, but there were some parts that let it down. I have to be honest, repetitive word choices and character traits and descriptions. I think the worst for me was calling Nikki the dog 'caramel coloured' the more it was mentioned the more I was taken out of the story. Used of 'brows furrowed, or nods and eye movement.

What does Andrea Emmes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Andrea's reading of the book was awesome. I honestly think that without her effort and narration if I was reading this may well have been one I never finished, and I would have put it down, And that would be a real shame, because the whole story was pretty neat. There were however some puzzling questions, that I just didn't get.

The Automaton's were they there for a specific reason, so much of the plot was given to them I thought it was going to be really relevant in what was going on, but nope. It just confused the heck out of me. I'm glad it came to a head towards the end, but I'm still not 100% really sure as to their 'why' just because they were 'made' by the witch. She was quite the plotter for this even if it felt a little lost on me.

All in all, though, Andrea brought a great story to life, so total kudos to her. As for the writer, I might well watch out for more in the series, but totally not sure about it either.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, where Raven is battling the Wood Witch and the the bad thoughts about killing her father are winning, when she's looking up into the eyes of her uncle. Totally loved it. That was moving, that was great writing, and narration. Because I had tears in my eyes. Well done to both. I also thought Darrius wanting to see Nikki, was pretty cute. He just loved his pet, and I hope that proved the sort of Barron he might actually make.

Any additional comments?

I think the 'kinda' romance elements between Raven and Captain Grant, are a little off, we do get the impression early on that this might be on the cards, but the late 'fluttering' of heartbeats and goosebumps, just seemed a bit too much. Especially towards the end where it's all wrapped up and Raven is realising it's all a mistake, that she shouldn't have left him. I think for this story it would have been better left as 'mystery' rather than it all come to a head just because 'they're parting ways' I think it could have been much more subtle there. I didn't expect it to be heavy romance, Gregory coming into the 'end' I also wasn't sure of. No wonder Raven gags, over him in the Barrens bedroom.

Would I recommend the audio book. Totally. It gave me a good story, which I followed really well and by the end was invested in. Does it take a little getting into, for me, yes, but I'm a hard Sci Fi girl, this was a little different. :) I will watch out for more.

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- kanundra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-09-2015
  • Publisher: Topline Tack