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What a vivid new world Ali Abbas has brought us into!
Be prepared to become addicted to this story from the very beginning. Ali Abbas has created characters who are engaging and unique. The story itself has so many aspects you would not expect. Yes, its a Gothic/Stempunk Story, but there is so much more woven throughout.
The twists and surprises are plenty and will keep you flipping pages til the very end. ~Bailey Ember of Texas Book Nook
Ali Abbas has great attention to detail and makes everything from the setting, to the characters feel very real. It makes for a wonderfully written and very action packed novel.
Wonderful characterization with main characters who are very compelling.
Abbas has really created an imaginative Steampunk/Gothic novel that has plenty of twists and surprises. ~C. Gonzales from The Indie Express
Exciting and Complex! I love a novel that can deliver on multiple genres without one not fitting. I felt like Ali Abbas really managed to bring the Gothic, the Suspense, and the Steampunk all together in this novel. It felt like a complete story with a lot going on. There were not moments of dead space, every moment really felt like it was a valid part of the story as a whole.
I liked the vivid descriptions Abbas used throughout his writing. It really helps the reader feel like they are a part of the story the whole way through. A solid Suspense Novel. ~Novel News Network
Commander Raymond Burntwood of the Royal Navy has returned to England where he meets the reclusive heiress Lady Ariana Grayhart. After the scandal of a night spent dancing together, Ariana returns home to Northumberland. Raymond’s superiors—seeking information about Ariana’s father—dispatch the commander under the cover of courting the heiress.
All is not as it seems in the Grayhart household. Captain Grayhart is an invalid, the servants maintain a monkish silence, and secrets are layered upon secrets. Everyone has their own agenda, from Raymond's friend and confidante Du Bois, to the family lawyer Sir Berwick, and Ariana herself.
In the midst of it all, Raymond must unravel the truth of Captain Grayhart's decline and save Ariana's reputation and fortune. In doing so, he learns dark secrets about himself that could tear his world apart.
The sounds of his uncomfortable movements in the chair punctuated another long lull in the conversation. “What is your interest in my daughter?”
At this mention of Ariana, I caught the faint sense of her scent once more. I was momentarily weightless, falling from the yard arm, into the ocean.
“Sir, I have no right to ask you this, as I am a man of neither name nor wealth. But what I have, I have made for myself. I am in love with your daughter and would marry her with your permission.” I did not know where those words came from, yet as they were spoken I knew them to be true. My head was awhirl at the admission. A gasp from close by brought me back to my senses; I fought to keep a grin off my lips. Of course, Ariana was listening. No doubt she had opened the window so she could hear me clearly from outside.
“Have you asked her?”
“No, sir. I have not. I hoped to gain your approval before I took so bold a step.”
“That is well. I shall give you my answer on the morrow. Dismissed.”
I stood. The mission of my heart was well progressed, but that of my duty remained undone. “Sir, if I might ask. You served with great distinction. Why did you leave the Navy?”
He did not answer. Had I offended him? His hand lifted off the arm of his chair, and onto the desk, so slowly that at I first I could not perceive the movement. His finger emerged from the curl of his fist and pointed with agonising slowness at a ledger buried beneath a pile of papers. His head and his other arm remained stock still.
In contrast to his motions, he said in the same tone as before. “I shall give you my answer on the morrow. Dismissed.”