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review 2018-04-19 16:46
The Faraday Files Book #3: The Heartreader's Secret
The Heartreader's Secret - Kate McIntyre
The Timeseer's Gambit (The Faraday Files Book 2) - Kate McIntyre
The Deathsniffer's Assistant - Kate McIntyre

Outstanding yet again! The Faraday Files is one of my most favorite series! The 1900s alternate steampunk London (Darrington City) and the diverse cast of characters found a place in my heart in Kate Mcintyre's debut, The Deathsniffer's Assistant, and I've been watching the characters struggle and cry, laugh and grow, sacrifice and persevere ever since. 


The Deathsniffer's Assistant - Kate McIntyre 

 

But before I get into my review of Kate's newest release, book three, The Heartreader's Secret, I'd like to give you a brief overview of the first two books.

 

In the first book, The Deathsniffer's Assistant, we're introduced to the very eccentric and hard-hearted Olivia Faraday, a Deathsniffer (someone who hunts murderers) and her overly sensitive assistant, Christopher Buckley, a WordWeaver (transcribes thoughts directly to page).

Chris and his sister, Rosemary recently lost both of their parents in the Floating Castle accident and Chris has had to take on the responsibility of not only raising Rosemary but trying to keep her safe and out of the hands of the enemy that want to harness her unique and very strong gifts. Chris and Rosemary have been living on the savings that their wealthy parents left them but the money is starting to run out so Chris has to find a job to support them. He's never had to work before so he has absolutely no experience doing anything and Olivia Faraday, who's in need of an assistant to help with her investigations, is the only employer willing to take him on. So there begins the start of an unexpected but fond and spirited comradeship...

 

The Timeseer's Gambit (The Faraday Files Book 2) - Kate McIntyre 


In book two, The Timeseer's Gambit, Olivia and Chris have their hands full hunting for someone using bound elementals to kill young priests and trying to find evidence to save Dr. Francis Livingstone who's been falsely accused and is now standing trial for the thousands of deaths caused by the falling of the Floating Castle. In his personal life Chris is struggling with his sexual identity and the mixed feelings he has for both Rachel Albany and his childhood friend, Will.

 


The Heartreader's Secret - Kate McIntyre 


Then we come to Kate's newest masterpiece, The Heartreader's Secret. Chris's attraction to both Rachel and Will come to a roaring head in this book. We get an in-depth view of how conflicted Chris is with his sexual identity. He really struggles with reconciling his real feelings with his need to conform to society's expectations. On top of that, Emilia, a very brilliant engineer, poc and girlfriend to one of Chris and Olivia's good friends, Maris, has gone missing. Maris, a police officer, is absolutely devastated and she's convinced that something bad has happened to Emilia. On Maris's request, Chris and Olivia travel to the last place Emilia was working which happens to be Olivia's childhood home, Miller's farm. They've traveled under the guise of investigating the suicide of one the stable hands so as not to alert potential suspects that they're on their trail. As Chris and Olivia search for clues to Emilia's dissapearance, we also get a front row seat to the discord between Olivia and her mother and we learn the real reason why Olivia has given up her family legacy to be a Deathsniffer.

So that's a little background on the series thus far. It'a a spectacular series and each book just gets better and better! If you like mysteries with a dash of steampunk, then you should really give this series a try. I guarantee Darrington City and its diverse and eccentric inhabitants will reel you in like they did me!

*I received this ARC from the publisher, Curiosity Quills Press, and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

 

 

AMAZON

 

 GOODREADS 

 

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text 2018-04-15 05:40
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Heartreader's Secret - Kate McIntyre

This series is soooo good! I hate that I finished the book already. Now I have to wait for book #4. : (  Review to Come...

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review 2016-08-24 08:00
The Timeseer's Gambit
The Timeseer's Gambit (The Faraday Files Book 2) - Kate McIntyre

In my review of the first book in the series, The Deathsniffer's Assistant, I remarked on Olivia's general unpleasantness, but I'm glad to be able to say that during this book she thaws somewhat and becomes bearable.

 

Another crime to solve, this one is more special in the sense that it has to do with the magical system of this alternative England. Young priests (those without a categorization) are being murdered by loose spirits, but why and by whom? This is set against the background of a very important trial that is also taking place.

 

I still liked the world best, it is so different but also not at the same time. Many nice details, like the Three and Three and there seems to be no end to what categorization people can get. Also, I feel it is only the tip of the iceberg. The only thing I think is not necessary, and slightly annoying is the renaming of the days. That just doesn't make sense to me.

 

Would certainly recommend, but start with the first book!

 

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-08-01 15:31
The Faraday Files - Book #2
The Timeseer's Gambit (The Faraday Files Book 2) - Kate McIntyre

The Timeseer's Gambit is the second book in The Faraday Files series by a fantastic up & coming author, Kate McIntyre. I fell in love with the first book The Deathsniffer's Assisstant when I read it last year and I have been not-so-patiently waiting a whole year for this second book. I can't get enough of the brash Olivia Faraday and her sensitive and meek assistant, Chris. They are quite the dynamic duo! 

 

In this new book, both characters are growing and developing. Olivia is showing a little more of a caring and sensitive side which is a side we don't normally see of her and Chris has grown more adept at handling Olivia's brashness.

 

McIntyre also tackles the complexities of sexuality and we get to see Chris as he deals with his desires for both his friend Will and his sister's nanny, Rachel. On top of that, someone is using bound elementals to kill priests and Dr. Livingstone's trial for the Floating Castle murders is drawing near. Can Olivia and Chris find their first serial killer and free and innocent man before time runs out?? You'll have to read and see...

 

If you're in the mood for something a little different, give The Faraday Files a try. The imaginative world building, complex characters and superb writing combine to make a one-of-a-kind series! I can't wait to see what McIntyre has in store for us next!

 

 

*I received this ARC from the publisher, Curiosity Quills Press, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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review 2016-01-08 08:13
The Deathsniffer's Assistant
The Deathsniffer's Assistant - Kate McIntyre

The Deathsniffer's Assistant brings you a good, old crime to solve in an alternate magical 19th Century England setting. Chris, as a Wordweaver (someone who can put down words very fast, and is looked down upon by everyone), can't find a job to support his little sister except with the eccentric Deathsniffer Faraday. 

 

I say eccentric, but basically she is a jerk. And while there are certainly characters you love to hate, she isn't one of them. At times she seems unpleasant just for the sake of it, and I felt sorry for Chris and the other characters that they have to deal with her on a regular base. At least I can close the book and be done with it.

 

The world was truly fascinating though. There are magical creatures that are used to power machines, light lights and everything. Those are kept working by the socalled Spiritbinders, of which Chris' sister is secretly one. Everyone is assigned a talent and those decide the rest of their lives, but basically what work they'll do. Chris fears his sister might be used in all kinds of political games because her powers are so strong. And he is not wrong either. Unfortunately, Rosemary is extremely stupid and only causes a lot of problems.

 

The mystery itself wasn't that spectacular but made for a nice read. The writing was very good but it was the world that really made me enjoy the book and look forward to the next book (despite Faraday).

 

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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