Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Jar of Hearts steampunk

sharing some steampunkery heart books...

The Flint Heart
by Katherine Paterson and John Paterson
illustrated by John Rocco
Release date: September 2011

A robust and wildly entertaining fairy tale, freely abridged from Eden Phillpotts’s 1910 fantasy and wryly retold by Katherine and John Paterson.

An ambitious Stone Age man demands a talisman that will harden his heart, allowing him to take control of his tribe. Against his better judgment, the tribe’s magic man creates the Flint Heart, but the cruelty of it causes the destruction of the tribe.

Thousands of years later, the talisman reemerges to corrupt a kindly farmer, an innocent fairy creature, and a familial badger. Can Charles and his sister Unity, who have consulted with fairies such as the mysterious Zagabog, wisest creature in the universe, find a way to rescue humans, fairies, and animals alike from the dark influence of the Flint Heart? This humorous, hearty, utterly delightful fairy tale is the sort for an entire family to savor together or an adventurous youngster to devour.

Heart of Iron
Ekaterina Sedia
Release date: July 26, 2011

In a Russia where the Decembrists' rebellion was successful and the Trans-Siberian railroad was completed before 1854, Sasha Trubetskaya wants nothing more than to have a decent debut ball in St. Petersburg. But her aunt's feud with the emperor lands Sasha at university, where she becomes one of its first female students - an experiment, she suspects, designed more to prove female unsuitability for such pursuits than offer them education.

The pressure intensifies when Sasha's only friends - Chinese students - start disappearing, and she begins to realize that her new British companion, Jack, has bigger secrets than she can imagine! Sasha and Jack find themselves trying to stop a war brewing between the three empires.

The only place they can turn to for help is the Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace, newly founded by the Taiping rebels. Pursued by the terrifying Dame Florence Nightingale of the British Secret Service, Sasha and Jack escape across Siberia via train to China. Sasha discovers that Jack is not quite the person she thought he was...but then again, neither is she.

Heart of Steel
A Novel of the Iron Seas
by Meljean Brook
Release date: November 2011
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Growing up in the dangerous world of the Iron Seas, the mercenary captain of the airship Lady Corsair, Yasmeen, has learned to keep her heart hard as steel. Ruthless and cunning, her only loyalty is to her ship and her crew-until one man comes along and changes everything...

Treasure hunter Archimedes Fox isn't interested in the Lady Corsair-just the captain and the valuable da Vinci sketch she stole from him. When it attracts a dangerous amount of attention, Yasmeen and Archimedes journey to Horde-occupied Morocco- and straight into enemy hands.


* feature inspired by song, Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri


  1. I'm so looking forward to Heart of Steel!!

  2. I like the cover for The Flint Heart .
    Heart of Iron sounds like an interesting read.
    Thanks for the recommendations!

  3. The Flint Heart jumped off the blog at me, but I would seriously read them all.

  4. Oooh, all three look good but I'm especially excited for the Ekaterina Sedia!

  5. Flint Heart looks and sounds like a wonderful read!

  6. Oooh, Heart of Iron sounds really interesting, and I'm totally diggin' the cover. Thanks for sharing!

  7. All of these look great, but I definitely am looking forward to Heart of Steel the most!

  8. "Pursued by the terrifying Dame Florence Nightingale"
    This line alone makes me want to read this book! :)
    But the others look great too!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing about these new (to me) books. I will be checking them out.

  10. All of them are on my wishlist! *_* They sound great!*_*

  11. i love steampunk (and victorians)! but tbh, i only know it from other media (fashion, movies etc.), i've never read a book of that genre. from those three, i'm mostly interested in the flint heart.

  12. I love Iron Duke, sooooooooooo looking forward for Heart of Steel :)


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