Steampunk Spotlight: Lia Habel’s Dearly, Departed
Her prose is natural and light, allowing immersion into the story without being encumbered by over-written descriptors or info-dumps. She’s flawless in her integration of background history and world-building details as the story progresses, filling the reader’s imagination with this wonderful New Victorian world and all the challenges therein.
Ms. Label’s delightful wit, that I have had the great pleasure of experiencing first hand, is found on every page of this dark gem. I highly enjoyed reading it and look forward to more treasures from her pen.
I give it a full five cogs, as I couldn’t put it down:
From the Amazon.com description:
A classic romance, suspense thriller, rip-roaring adventure, and macabre comedy all at once, Dearly, Departed redefines the concept of undying love.
CAN A PROPER YOUNG VICTORIAN LADY FIND TRUE LOVE IN THE ARMS OF A DASHING ZOMBIE?
The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the mores of an antique era. Sixteen-year-old Nora Dearly is far more interested in her country’s political unrest than in silly debutante balls. But the death of her beloved parents leaves Nora at the mercy of a social-climbing aunt who plans to marry off her niece for money. To Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses. Now she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting a fatal virus that raises the dead. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and thoroughly deceased. But like the rest of his special undead unit, Bram has been enabled by luck and modern science to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.
“Heart-pounding . . . Nora and Bram’s touching and tender relationship, with its emphasis on equality and living in the moment, feels particularly special.”—Publishers Weekly
“Absolutely spellbinding . . . full of ingenious inventions and dynamic characters.”—RT Book Reviews
“A zombie romance? You bet.”—Library Journal
- Click to email (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
- Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)
- Click to print (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
~ by omgrey on December 4, 2012.
Posted in News & Reviews, Steampunk Spotlight
Tags: author, avalon, avalon revisited, book, dearly beloved, dearly departed, dystopian future, lia habel, love, new victoria, novel, o.m. grey, olivia grey, paranormal romance, romance, steampunk, victorian, zombies