Firebrand When adventurous widow Kadia Warner inherits the airship Concordia she finds herself at the eye of a gathering storm In the one duchy that remains free of the Empire can she find love with the Emper

  • Title: Firebrand
  • Author: Ankaret Wells
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When adventurous widow Kadia Warner inherits the airship Concordia, she finds herself at the eye of a gathering storm In the one duchy that remains free of the Empire, can she find love with the Emperor s erstwhile best friend And how far will the Emperor go to get the Concordia and Kadia back An industrial fantasy romance inspired by Charlotte Bronte s Angria novelWhen adventurous widow Kadia Warner inherits the airship Concordia, she finds herself at the eye of a gathering storm In the one duchy that remains free of the Empire, can she find love with the Emperor s erstwhile best friend And how far will the Emperor go to get the Concordia and Kadia back An industrial fantasy romance inspired by Charlotte Bronte s Angria novelettes, featuring castles with dungeons, border fortresses without dungeons, kidnappings, masquerades, railway stranglers, duels with sword and pistol, airships, the opera, shady business practices, love, sex, danger and a mechanical birdcage.
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    • Jacob Proffitt says:

      I hate that I almost passed up this book simply because of the rather frequent reference to Charlotte and Bramwell Brontë's Angria novelettes (whatever that is) people can't seem to stop themselves from making when describing the book. I hate, with a driving passion, Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights and that's put me off the whole Brontë clan. And yeah, I know Jane Eyre rocks, I just can't bring myself to read itWhere was I going with that? Oh, right, regardless of the origins of the idea for [...]

    • Sherwood Smith says:

      This rollicking, lusty steampunk romance was inspired by Charlotte and Branwell Bronte's Angria juvenilia, only Wells wisely cut a lot of the melodramatic gnashing of teeth and blanching white and blushing fiery red of the original teenage-Angria stories, though there are still plenty of blazing, scorching and smoldering gazes, some of which lead to steam that has nothing to do with the half-magically propelled airships.Fantasy lovers might feel unsatisfied at some very intriguing threads left d [...]

    • Hallie says:

      Wow. I just cannot decide on a star rating. The voice, which is first-person narrative of our heroine, Kadia Warner, two time widow and owner of an extremely valuable airship, is fantastic. It's really sharp and funny, and I'd give the book at least 5 stars for that. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and am grateful to Sherwood for bringing the book to my attention, and to Jacob as well.However, I have to admit that I had a few problems with the plot, and once I'd noticed one, it fed back a bit t [...]

    • Hannah says:

      First thing you need to know about Firebrand is that it is laugh-out-loud funny, which is a great thing to discover on a packed train. My scarf was the recipient of a lot of giggling, and the person next to me looked very discomfited. The second thing you need to know is that it is awesome. I was basically onto a winner with this one immediately because, like The Maker's Mask and The Hawkwood War everyone is so very very competent, and I just cannot resist competent female characters being gener [...]

    • Mely says:

      This is more of a 3.5 because of world-building questions that didn't get answered, but I'm rounding up for enjoyment's sake.Kadia Warner, gratefully widowed from her contempuous second husband, is less gratefully orphaned. Her engineer mother leaves her a gorgeous and newly built airship--which the selfish, ambitious, and hedonistic emperor wishes to seize. (He'd also be very happy to seize Kadia.) She flees to the only state that has resisted the emperor's armies so far, the duchy ruled by the [...]

    • Stephanie says:

      I'm usually not much of a steampunk fan, but I adored this book, largely due to the fabulous, witty voice of the narrator, Kadia Warner. The whole thing was a wonderfully funny, adventurous romance filled with swordfights, feminism, and some very hot chemistry between Kadia and her Duke. I loved it, and I can't wait to read more by Ankaret Wells.

    • TheBookSmugglers says:

      Original review posted at KirkusThere are some things I do understand, very thoroughly. My body is my own. The Concordia is my own. And I will do as I please with both.Firebrand is a Fantasy/Steampunk Romance novel that has just made the Tiptree Award’s Honor list. The Tiptree Award is an annual prize for SciFi and Fantasy with the intention to reward works that expand our understanding of gender. Well, this bombastic combination of Fantasy/Steampunk, Romance AND gender conversation has “Ana [...]

    • Mike says:

      This was an "also-bought" on from the book I read immediately before it, The Steerswoman.I've been known to complain before about how steampunk novels typically take a great idea and execute it poorly. This one, in a refreshing change, takes a great idea (drawn from the fantasy world that Charlotte Bronte created as a child, which reflects more cultivation and knowledge of the 19th century than most steampunk authors show) and executes it fairly well, though very far from flawlessly.The wonderf [...]

    • Sandra says:

      This is one of those books that starts off running and just keeps going! There weren't really any boring drawn out lulls, something is always happening. Overall the outline of the book was fun and entertaining. When you get down to it though so much felt so off.The Emperor, Zashera, was introduced as a womanizing slug, then this whole strong soldier persona is built, then he becomes a terrifyingly disgusting pig, and a few pages later he's acting like a whole other person and is lighthearted and [...]

    • Jen526 says:

      This is one of those times when the lack of half-stars really hurts. I usually choose my star-ratings based on the tooltips for what the stars mean, and there were some portions of this book that were solidly in the "I liked it." category, and others that only merited an "it was ok". Rounding up or down between those two was a coin toss sort of decision.Anyway, the "I liked it" bits: There are some pretty cool bones here. The female lead is solidly in the "adult" realm and arrives complete with [...]

    • Kimberly Chapman says:

      Since I began my quest looking for Feminist Romance[1], I've had a lot of recommendations fall flat. Most were just the standard "strong heroine" trope of a kick-butt, sassy lady devoid of any supposedly "feminine" emotion like sadness or despair. Some were allegedly feminist in that they bashed men, which is not part of my value set. Some were just terribly written with boring, go-nowhere plots.But in Ankaret Wells' "Firebrand"[2] - recommended by folks on my Feminist Romance group[3] - I fina [...]

    • Walks Through Walls says:

      Sigh. This book was quite disappointing. It could really have been good, but there was so much WRONG with it.First of all, it's written in first-person-present tense, which is just no.Second, throughout the entire book, the character of Kadia is never really developed. At all. She has the weakest hint of a backstory (something about being married a few times and having horrendous stepdaughters) but no reason whatsoever why 1) the reader should feel invested in her, or 2) WHY the HELL the most po [...]

    • heidi says:

      This was the most delightful airplane book ever. I have read one other book by Ankaret Wells, and I thought I might be getting generational palace intrigue, but no, this was a well-defined and traditional-appearing romance, frothy as the skirts of its heroine.There is a heroine, not just a romantic lead. After two unfortunate marriages, she is the very definition of a merry widow, but that doesn't mean that she is at all an easy woman. She flees into the night rather than submit her personhood t [...]

    • Beth says:

      Oh my goodness! This is how you do romantic fantasy. Despite some initial misgivings about the central premise (view spoiler)[I could understand why Kadia would attempt to solve her difficulties through matrimony--it's sort of her modus operandi--but it made no sense to me that John would accept her proposal. He's a duke, for heaven's sake, and the most famously faithful widower in [or adjacent to] the Empire. Is the Concordia really so valuable that such a wealthy and powerful man, devoted to t [...]

    • Tracy says:

      I read this because it was on the Tiptree Award Honors List.This steampunk novel has a very unusual heroine. She is expert at nothing. She isn't a pilot, a genius, an engineer, an inventor, or in possession of any supernatural powers. What she is is very, very determined. The world-building is stolen, apparently, from Bronte, but it's extremely good. The book is whimsical, though not so funny as Gail Carriger's works, and has several quite erotic sections. I do appreciate a protagonist who keeps [...]

    • Jess says:

      It's so refreshing to read a romance novel where the romance is actually built upon mutual respect and trust, and I don't mistakenly think someone has literally exploded during a sex scene. I practically swooned when (view spoiler)[ John agreed to let Kadia come to the meeting with the warplings AND let her do most of the talking.(hide spoiler)] Kadia was wonderful and hilarious and I want to be her best friend. The ending was disappointing but it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment and I'm [...]

    • Sylvie says:

      Excellent book. I was not enthusiastic at the beginning but I was caught into the story from the very first pages. It's like a Regency romance but with more machines and less etiquette. The female lead is a strong woman who has been married twice but hasn't found a lot of happiness. She met a Duke, also a strong and honorable character and they fall quickly in love. The writing is full of humorous remarks and I liked Kadia's bravery and resilience.

    • Voirrey says:

      I really loved this - I'm so glad that Just Anne Now recommended it.Here and there there were odd bits that didn't quite make sense but I have a feeling that they may have been from the original Charlotte Bronte world building, and they certainly didn't detract from a rollicking good story.I find myself wanting to know more about the world and the characters; a sure sign of a good read.

    • Brenda says:

      I made it to chapter 4 before admitting this book was so not for me. no judgement on the book or its author, but I kinda felt this would have been better in a series, rather than a stand-alone novel, as there is a story in the backdrop that is s unclear, we are unsure of too much and we don't understand the issues, worries and such.

    • Emily Leathers says:

      ===Started 6/13/16, and it was very clear I'd read at least some of this before (hence the read-sample tag). Got to ~6% (which I think I'd gotten further than the first time around), and then got distracted by another book. Will likely get back to this in the next month or so.

    • Adi Greif says:

      The main character was meant to be intelligent, headstrong and sassy. Instead she came off as unable to tell how to avoid danger (even when the same type of danger threatens multiple times), and unnecessarily rude. The motives of the characters in the end scene were also unclear.

    • Fayley says:

      4.5 on my romance scale3.4 on my fantasy scaleThere is something about this writer that I like, but I can't put my finger on what. Even when there is parts of the story I don't like, the overall experience is usually pretty good.

    • Natlyn says:

      Steampunk on another world. Wells is still imaginative, but this tale of a feisty widow making her own way among unwanted suitors, political intrigue, magical creatures, and a duke left me uninterested.

    • Mel says:

      This seems like the hilarious love child of Georgette Heyer and Steam Punk. The minor characters were sketched in lightly but frequently stole entire scenes. i hope this was half as much fun to write as it was to read so that she will write more in this universe

    • Sanasai says:

      This was light and fluffy and made me laugh. It also had plot holes, inconsistencies, and was unbelievable at times. It was fun enough I forgave it all those things because the rest was what I wanted, but in a more severe mood this might not have gone as well.

    • Just_ann_now says:

      Loved loved LOVED

    • Marina Sinelnikova says:

      An excellent combination of steampunk 'AU', adventure and romance, and full of smart and competent women. And interesting romantic storyline with believable interactions. I want a sequel now

    • Joy says:

      Loved the witty dialogue, wasn't crazy about the plot.

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