Cheree and I are stoked that we were able to read and review Book 3 in the Legends Saga. Steam is a thriller ride from page one. Fans of the series, hold on tight cause this one will leave you breathless. And in case you didn't hear...their maybe a fourth book in the works! Gasp! I know right. I don't want it to end either. Make sure to join the 2 Day Release Party on Facebook & enter the Rafflecopter.
Steam (Legends Saga #3)
by Stacey Rourke
Published by Anchor Group Publishing
September 14, 2015
The bodies of the victims long since rotten.
Trapped within the essence of the Headless Horseman by the guilt of slaughtering her best friend, Ireland Crane follows the father of science fiction, HG Wells, in search of freedom from the curse that binds her. Instead, she discovers even he has a hidden agenda. A dark, relentless passion to be reunited with the woman he loves has driven him to manipulate time and a murderous Horseman.
Yet heed my warning, as the Raven flies,
The Hessian will come … and you will die.
All that prevents Ireland from abandoning Wells’ twisted pursuit, or introducing him to her sword, are the undead witches haunting her. Begging for freedom from a vile succubus, the ghoulish coven leads Ireland and her crew on a journey through Salem’s sordid past. There, they learn there is more to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s history than a scarlet letter, and the secret they’ve uncovered seeks to destroy them all.
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.
Steam just may be the best of the three in the Legends Saga. It combines 2 of my favorite things, Sleepy Hollow and the Salem Witch Trials. Rourke does a fantastic job weaving two very different tales simultaneously into one. Steam is a poetic nightmare. It weaves a dark, twisted, and vile tale that underneath lies a beautiful love story. HG Wells will do anything to get back the wife he lost to the city of Roanoke. Noah is battling the Hessian within Ireland to claim back the woman he loves. Al Steam just may be the best of the three in the Legends Saga. It combines 2 of my favorite things, Sleepy Hollow and the Salem Witch Trials. Rourke does a fantastic job weaving two very different tales simultaneously into one. Steam is a poetic nightmare. It weaves a dark, twisted, and vile tale that underneath lies a beautiful love story. HG Wells will do anything to get back the wife he lost to the city of Roanoke. Noah is battling the Hessian within Ireland to claim back the woman he loves. All while the story of Preen Hester and the Salem witch trials is being woven in. The entire story plays out before the reader in heart pounding fashion. My pulse quicken, my breath caught, my knuckles whiten with the intensity of the each page. I could not look away.
Fans of the Legends Saga will not be disappointed in Steam. The charming, yet frightening Ireland Crane does not disappoint. She is my favorite returning character in the series because despite being host to the diabolical Hessian, Ireland is witty, spunky, and you have to root for her. Preen’s story is tragic. There is no good way to spin it. She was played liked a fiddle and her fate was sealed from the beginning. Her story adds the perfect twist to the story.
The Legends Saga is the stuff of nightmares and Steam is the scariest of all. How does such an adorable little pixie like Stacey Rourke come up with such things? After completing Raven (Book 2), Rourke was quoted as saying “writing about Poe took me to some pretty dark places, I had to write Adapted For Film to lighten things up.” So I ask you Mrs. Rourke, after writing this nightmarish tale, how do you bounce back? Should we expect unicorns and rainbows in your next story? I think most of your fans will agree we need a little something light hearted after living through Steam.
Cheree's 5 Star Review
I thought the last 2 books were mind blowing….This series seems to get so much more beautiful and creepy and twisted! I love how all the different stories are tying together.
Steam starts out with a bang! Starting with Preen, a sad scene to walk into of her saying goodbye to her mother. Witches in Salem a couple hundred years ago, then back to Ireland in the present time. Ireland is not in a good place after the end of Raven and killing Rip, she is not taking it well at all. Ireland and Wells are on a mission to find Peyton, but nobody but Wells really understand why. And let the crazy begin!!! As this story starts to unspin its web for you, your mind is literally blown! The crazy darkness and twists and turns of the characters and their actions! Seriously, where the heck does Mrs. Rourke come up with this stuff! I found myself completely horrified, but laughing and loving it! Laughing my ass while horrified by the tragedy of the story line...what a strange yet wonderful combination.....I found myself holding my breath waiting to see what was going to happen next! The ending tho….ohmygosh, heart wrenching and beautiful! I can’t wait to read this one again!!