The Chronicles of Light and Shadow, Book 3
Synopsis: Following A Conspiracy of Alchemists and A Clockwork Heart, Sky Pirates is the third book of the Chronicles of Light and Shadow series, starring the spunky dirigible pilot Elle Chance and the handsome warlock Marsh. For urban fantasy fans and readers of Gail Carriger’s Changeless and Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker, a fun, fast-paced, action-packed new historical fantasy adventure series starring vampires, fairies, and the unforgettable heroine, Elle Chance.
With her husband, Hugh Marsh, missing in the netherworld and presumed dead, Elle Chance loses herself in the task at hand: piloting the airship Water Lily on commissions across the globe. But as it turns out, her beloved is very much alive—the once-powerful warlock reduced to a wraith. When Water Lily is threatened by pirates, Elle will have to channel all her power as the Oracle—the keeper of the barrier between the two Realms—to try to save what she loves most. As the dark forces of Shadow converge around her, Elle must find a way to breach the curse that binds Marsh. But once released, will Marsh return to her—or is their love destined to die so that he can live?
Review: The first two novels in the series were both great and I was curious about this third installment. Well I must say that I do not remember a lot of things about the end of the previous volume, and I was a little anxious at the beginning of the story, however, everything finally came back pretty fast.
The end of the previous volume had left Elle and Hugh in a rather delicate situation. Oh yes, because Hugh has disappeared without a trace and Chance must now try to find out what she wants to do with her life. But our heroine is not a woman to be pushed and while returning from a mission with an archaeologist, they are both attacked by Logan Dashwood, a character previously discovered and who is determined to teach her a lesson. But nothing goes as planned and the doctor is killed as well as some crew members. Enclosed by Logan on his airship, Elle will have no choice but to agree to participate in the life of the crew while waiting to find a way to escape. But it’s not only that because a hellhound is after her, a price is on her head, and Patrice is determined to recover her whatever it might cost. But Elle has a mission, and she wants to find a lost temple to find the solution that can save her husband. But nothing will happen as planned, and Logan could also complicate matters.
I had a great time with the novel. It’s pretty sad to see the situation in which Elle is found. She does not know how to handle everything and whatever she does, people around her die and the situation only gets worse each time. But her purpose is well defined and whatever happens it is essential that she reaches her answers. Yet it also hurt my heart to see that she is lost in her life, she does not know what she will become and has the impression of having already lost everything. We do not see a lot Hugh here, even if he made a few appearances but it certainly that he still cares about the young woman and hopes she will leave him behind. And then we have … Logan, the captain pirate who kidnaps her. Ah, it’s difficult at first to appreciate him and yet he takes a place in our heart gradually. Despite his status as a pirate, he is courageous, fair and always tries to do the best. He knows that our heroine is a walking danger, but he will always be there for her, even if he is taken several times in fairly complicated situations. In all cases, it is true that I have succumbed to the charm of this pirate, but between him and Hugh, I’m curious to see what she will do. All sounds very complicated, but we must say that our heroine is accustomed to difficult situations, and the end of the novel puts her in a very difficult position with respect to her future. I can not wait to see what happens afterwards.
I think this volume was a little above the other and all really intrigued me. I was very curious to see what would happen and the author has presented here some very nice ideas. It’s always interesting to follow the Elle’s adventures and I’m curious to learn more. A new good novel.
Oh, so cool to see this review on your blog today. For some reason this series has always slipped by me, but I was browing my library today and the first book came up making me consider picking it up. Maybe I should.
It’s fun, I like the Steampunk aspect in it too.
I seriously need to get around to this series also just like Mogsy. I can’t wait for my maternity leave so I can perhaps spend a month just binge reading. The first book will be going on my list!
Oh congrats for your maternity! I hope you’ll be able to do that too
Even though steampunk is not my thing, this sounds great.
the mix is well done
For me this was the strongest novel and I loved the adventures of it all. So glad you enjoyed it.
It’s my fave for now between the 3 books too
Elle sounds like such a strong character. I could never deal with what she’s had to in your review. I haven’t read much steampunk, but this series sounds intriguing!
Yes she is even if a little lost here. She has to go through a lot. I love a good steampunk
It does sound complicated Melliane, but I’m intrigued! I haven’t read any of these books so I know nothing about Hugh, but I’m kind of rooting for Logan already. I can’t help it, I was sold at “pirate captain” 🙂
right? me too! Even if I liked Hugh, now I’m sot sure I want her to stay with him. Logan is such a bad boy.
I read the first one a couple of years ago and I do remember loving it ESP as its set in France. I also remember loving that absinthe was this series’ opium. I should add this to my steampunk Sundays roster
you should try the others, they’re fun!
I’ve told you so many times Melliane that I am not a Steampunk reader but whenever you say such good things about books like these I’m always like “I SHOULD RECONSIDER!” LOL
lol maybe you should, some are better than others
I love the cover! So pretty!
love it as well
Sounds like quite an adventure! I confess I’m intrigued, and I’m glad you had a good time with this book 🙂
yes it was! It’s a good series.
That sounds pretty curious and exciting! I’ve not tried the author before but you tempt me! That’s great you were able to settle in pretty quickly and your memory jogged.
yes it’s just that I forget really easily.
I really like it when you can fall back into a series easily, especially if it’s been awhile since you read the last book. Glad you enjoyed this one, I should check out the series soon!
This sounds so good! I have been thinking about needing to read a steampunk. Hm… might be the series I start!
it’s a good one!
Glad you are still loving this series so much and that this was a great addition to it! Lovely review!
Hmm sounds like a nice series Melliane, I am just re-reading the Gail Carriger books.
ah The Gail’s are something else.
I never read beyond book 1 , even though I enjoyed it :/
I hope you’ll be able to read the others one day
I’ve been curious about this series since book one. I attempted to read it but couldn’t get into it.
sorry it wasn”t for you
This reminds me of another series (can’t remember the name) but I think it was by Strange Chem. Yikes, you can understand though, everyone dying around her, girl would get issues, and then getting kidnapped, haha.