Friday, November 23, 2012

AimeeKay Review: The Warlock's Curse (Veneficas Americana #3) by M.K. Hobson

THE YEAR IS 1910. Eighteen-year-old Will Edwards has landed a prestigious apprenticeship at Detroit’s Tesla Industries, the most advanced scientific research center in the United States. It’s a plum prize for a young man who dreams of a career in the new science of Otherwhere Engineering. 
But his father doesn’t want him to go. And he won’t tell him why. 
Determined to get there by any means necessary, Will finds unexpected support along the way. His old friend Jenny Hansen—daughter of a San Francisco timber baron—is eager to help him for reasons of her own. And so is his estranged brother Ben, who he hasn’t seen in over ten years. 
But running away turns out to be the easy part. On the first full moon after his eighteenth birthday, Will is stricken by a powerful magic—a devastating curse laid upon his ancestors by the malevolent sangrimancer Aebedel Cowdray. Will must find a way to control the magic that possesses him—or the vengeful warlock’s spirit will destroy everything and everyone he loves.
I really enjoyed this one, very interesting take on an alternate history. I liked the way the author combined steampunk and magic. The world she created is very interesting and the more of the story that I read, the more drawn into it I became.

I also really enjoyed the characters. I liked Jenny and Will and I was really rooting for them to make it despite that both their families were working against them. I also liked some of the side characters like Briar and the Gores. I even began to take an interest in Cowdray, even though he is completely evil, I still wanted to know what makes him tick.

The story seemed very open ended to me. Certain characters strings were definitely left untied and while the ending did clear up a lot of things in the last few scenes, it still left me wanting to find out more.

Honestly if I had any complaints about the novel itself, it’s that I wanted to learn more about certain characters, Little Sanctity Snow for example. Also I don't feel the cover portrays the book as well as it could. (Even though I do like the cover)

Definitely recommend this one, I give it 5 out of 5. It was a very enjoyable read.

Bloggy note from Melissa:
First, you can win this book and the others in the giveaway HERE! (there is a giveaway for US and Int) So, enter for this fantastic book!

...and PS. I usually have been taking weekends off but I will have a review and giveaway tomorrow so stop by!


  1. Thanks for reviewing! I am so happy you enjoyed it and I can't wait to get into this whole series!

  2. Great interview, and I couldn't agree with you more about the cover - hardly inspirational, it certainly doesn't make me want to pick the book up let alone buy it. Judging by the blurb and your review I don't think it reflective of the story either.

  3. I love steampunk! Okay, I haven't read a lot in this genre, but still..;)

    This book sounds fantastic. I love magic!

    Great review.

  4. Steampunk! Soo awesome, I love these types of books. Thanks for reviewing :)

  5. Yay! I'm so SO glad you enjoyed it! Since you liked it I highly suggest you read her books. The next one about Will and Jenny comes out next year.
    I love the cover but with the girl on it I guess it would be easy to assume it a girl narrator.

    Thanks so much for the review! Whenever I get on the computer I will be sure to promote on twitter and facebook and stuff. :)

  6. I think I really need to try the first book, I'm so intrigued! thank you!

  7. Great review,thank you. First time I come across this author and book, and I want it!

  8. Glad you all liked the review! I'm hoping to get my hands on more of the authors books soon!


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