The Inventor's Companion
Gabriel Blackstone's world is divided quite clearly into castes: everyone knows their place and abides by it. As an inventor in the merchant caste, his life is predictable in its routine until the night his best friends and assistants, Caleb and Andrew, purchase the time-and body-of a companion... show more
Gabriel Blackstone's world is divided quite clearly into castes: everyone knows their place and abides by it. As an inventor in the merchant caste, his life is predictable in its routine until the night his best friends and assistants, Caleb and Andrew, purchase the time-and body-of a companion for his birthday. As an activist in the Caste Equality movement, everything Gabriel believes in tells him to refuse the gift, but then he meets Lucio. The beautiful and alluring companion is far more than the vapid courtesan he'd expected, and he can't get the man out of his mind. After that night, Gabriel tells himself to forget about Lucio, but a chance meeting at a ball makes it clear neither of them is willing to ignore the compelling chemistry between them. It will take all their combined trust and cunning, plus the help of a wily aristocrat and a plucky political activist, to overcome the challenges of infidelity, abuse, and social stigma that lay along their road; however, Gabriel knows it will all be worth it if at the end of the day he can call Lucio his own.
Publish date: March 11th 2011
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages no: 350
Edition language: English
The Inventor's Companion felt like a new experience for me to dive into. I'm not familiar enough with steampunk to feel it as anything but a new experience, and one I was quite liking. Ariel Tachna's prose and imagination made for an nice read. Her world is interesting and certainly creative, as are...
It was AU, and steampunk-ish. I loved Gabriel (the inventor), he was quiet and somewhat shy, but participated in political protests to abolish or at least change the caste system which was very unfair. Lucio was the companion (escort). He was born into this caste and like Gabriel he had a tattoo on ...
After reading the book's official description and excerpt, I think I expected Lucio to be something like Inara from the TV show Firefly: elegant, cultured, and relatively in control of his life. Maybe he didn't always like his clients, but he could choose to leave behind and never see again any clie...
I liked this story!The background of the story was similar to 19th Century England, the only difference being the tattoos that were forced on certain casts. I liked the idea and would have enjoyed a more in-depth analysis of it, not just having to read time and time again how the characters wanted t...