Steampunk Spotlight: Lia Habel’s Dearly, Departed

Dearly, Departed CoverMs. Habel does an splendid job of merging the elegance and grace of Victoriana with the convenience and wonder of technology in her dark comedic romance 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.

Speaking of which, the sequel to Dearly, Departed is now available as well, and it’s called Dearly, BelovedDo go purchase this straight away, and look for a review of that one early in 2013.

I give it a full five cogs, as I couldn’t put it down:


From the description:

A classic romance, suspense thriller, rip-roaring adventure, and macabre comedy all at once, Dearly, Departed redefines the concept of undying love.


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, if you have not yet bought Dearly, Departed, you are missing out on a great read. In fact, it would make the most splendid holiday gift for the reader in your family. Buy now from

Also, connect with the lovely Lia Habel online: Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads



~ by omgrey on December 4, 2012.

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