Steampunk Review: Magnificent Devices Series

Available now: Magnificent Devices Boxed Set

****4/5 stars

The adventures of the intrepid Claire continue in this serial, as British Victorian Steampunk meets American Victorian Steampunk.  The first novel showed promise of decent entertainment to come, and it turns out the rest is nigh on hilarious. Miss it, and miss the entertainment of tidbits such as:


On white underthings:

“It was of no use at all to have a black skirt and stockings in ones raiding rig and have a white batiste corset cover and pantalettes.  If she survived this, by George, she was going to have black underthings made just as soon as she found civilization….This was no time for modesty.  Besides it was dark.”


On amiable employers:

“It would never do for him to know that he was harboring the infamous Lady of Devices, inadvertent murderer of Lightning Luke Jackson and reigning queen of the south side underworld.”


On target practice:

“There is no point in being considered armed and dangerous if one cannot actually hit anything.


On Victorian Mores:

“Blast it all…Just how much was she going to allow convention to dictate her behavior when it clearly obstructed the path to knowledge?”


And, on summing it up: “Escaped lunatics, lost children, vengeful lords, and love.  Really, the situation is becoming quite impossible.”

Enjoy!  The Magnificent Devices Series is a lot of fun!

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a strong, independent heroine…
  • if you like to read for pure entertainment once in awhile…
  • if you like steampunk…
  • if you want to know what steampunk is, then this book is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall


Don’t be deterred by the silly covers.  Check out the rest of this series:

Magnificent Devices 1-4 Bundle


Lady of Devices:  A Steampunk Adventure Novel     OR   get it in Kindle

Her Own Devices

Magnificent Devices

Brilliant Devices

A Lady of Resources

A Lady of Spirit


…though be warned, the final two seemed to have moved away from Claire to follow secondary characters.

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