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Episode 2 of Steampunk Magic In Petticoats Weaver's Lament by Emma Newman

Weaver's Lament (Industrial Magic #2)

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★★★★✬  4.5 stars

I have several questions for you:

  1. Do you like petticoats, Victorians and magic?
  2. What about a female heroine, who, while a little bit lost and flustered, is kickass despite not knowing it herself?
  3. And would you care for a would-be love triangle that is forbidden in more ways than I care to list?

If you said YES, YES and YES, then I don’t understand why you are STILL not reading this series. Especially seeing as how it’s called Industrial Magic??? Even if I didn’t know what it was about, the name of the series alone would hook me!

It’s really hard for me to review this book because I’m evidently a fangirl. I reviewed the first part of this series when I was still but a wee blogger lass, and I do feel like maybe my review didn’t really do it justice or reach a big enough audience. But that still doesn’t explain why this book isn’t more widely known?? 

So since this is the second book in the series, I’m not going to tell you much about the story. For that you’d have to read the first book. Plus, I don’t want to take away the pleasure! Instead, I’m going to try and tell you why I love this series as much as I do.

Reason #1. The Magic System

Now I’m not your biggest specialist on magic systems in books, as I don’t tend to read a whole lot of fantasy. But correct me if I’m wrong – I’m not sure magic is used as a means of production, powering engines and clocks and basically running the economy in any other fictional world? Or at least, maybe not in this way? Magic in this book is not a tool to assert status, to get your own end. Magic is almost an affliction, cause it means your only place in society is a… rich prisoner. The Magi are not allowed to marry (for reasons I will not spoil), nor are they allowed to even stay with their families. They are rich and strong (but not really powerful), they are the victims of their own power which they have not chosen to wield, and they can not run from it. But they can try. And this is largely what the second book in the series is about – trying to outwit your fate.

Reason #2. The Heroine

It might just be me, but I feel like Charlotte, our main character, is just the right amount of wit, smarts, capability, and yet childish egoism, naivete and klutziness. She’s a wonderful heroine! She makes an equal amount of mistakes and blunders as feats. Which she tends to discount as belonging to her own abilities. She does not know her own feelings. Charlotte is as lost in her own wishes, her state and her romantic inclinations as any traditional Victorian novel heroine. I absolutely love that about her. Perhaps I feel like she’s a little bit like me.

Reason #3. This Series Could Go On And On

And I hope it will! It’s one of those series like The Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch – urban fantasies that have their own spectacular world that you want to get lost in again and again, and you’re safe in the knowledge that it’s not one of those books which has three parts and then ends. Oh no, this series will hopefully go on and on till I get tired of reading it, which, in turn, I hope to never do! So bring on the drama.

Dear Emma Newman, please keep writing this series. If only just for meeee! (I know, I am so selfish…) I know I will keep waiting for the third book just as much as I’ve waited for the second one.

I thank Tor Books and Emma Newman for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange to my honest review. You can buy the book here through Book Depository, and buying it through that link also helps support my blog.

Why have none of my friends read this series yet? Will you finally make that change in the world and tell me how you liked it??? Please do!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

17 thoughts on “Episode 2 of Steampunk Magic In Petticoats Weaver's Lament by Emma Newman

    1. I think you’re right! And this series is so good, not tacky or cringey at all, just completely natural and super interesting. I hope you get to read it, and if you do – spam me with your review links cause I really want to fangirl together 🙂

    1. Luckily, they are not very expensive! And also they are short, only like 140 pages 🙂 so is actually a good series for you to choose both time and price wise 😀 I hope you get a chance to read it. Please share your review if you do! #OneOfUs lol

  1. XD That Murder, She Wrote GIF is KILLING me. I LOVE IT. More of that, please. XD XD XD

    I read your first review and you’re right– more people should be reading this series! It’s such a shame that they aren’t. Honestly, your blog is the only one I’ve heard mention this series. Do you have any idea how long this series is currently set to be? I cannot seem to find this information online. The books are coming out fairly quickly, however– Brother’s Ruin published in March 2017, and Weaver’s Lament published in October?! Wowza. I don’t see anything about a third book, though. That said, her other series a 4 and 5 books and still going…

    Do you like Emma Newman’s writing enough to try out some of her more science-fiction focused series? Do you think you’ll be branching out into other books of hers?

    I wish I had more gaslamp fantasy to read! I love steampunk books, but I never seem to pick them up! I think that’s because they are almost always series– and you know how I am with series. O_o I MUST WAIT.

    Well, I best get on reading these books ASAP. After all, if Charlotte is a bit like you, and I want to get to know you better, I need to make some progress here! XD
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    1. Yes! Yes! I have trouble believing that people haven’t heard about this, because:
      1. It’s published by Tor. TOR. TOOOOOORRRRRR.
      2. Come on, Steampunk magic???

      So the main question here is. WHEN ARE YOU READING IT?

      I don’t know how long the series will be, but I feel like it was meant to be serialized. It’s like… Like how they used to release chapters of books in Victorian newspapers, I think 😀 it’s definitely not ending anytime soon. Judging by the story, the first two books were barely a prelude to everything else. I think this is meant to be an ongoing series, like how shows are serialized. It sucks that you want to wait xD

      I haven’t read her other stories yet, and I feel like maybe I should. The only thing stopping me is that 500+ TBR of books that I already own 😀

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