Time passes, sins forgotten.
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.
★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!
The Legends Saga continues to dominate my mood as it brings back Ireland and her encounter with the wicked Salem Witches. Yep, those are the kind of witches that really get me going in my reading obssession. The kind of witches that won’t stop at nothing. Oh, and HG Wells is here! You know, THE HG Wells, the Father of Science Fiction!
Here’s a little bit of info about The Legends sage. The first book was titled Crane, and it was a story about Ireland who descended from Ichabod Crane of the Sleepy Hollow and now had the spirit of the Headless Horseman. In book 2, Raven, we met Ridley with his magic touch, as passed down to him by THE Edgar Allan Poe and The Raven. Now in the third book, we’d be dealing with the infamous Salem Witches and The Scarlet Letter.
Steam is a very well written series ender. The plot was unique and amazing! Some of the parts I loved involved Preen Hester and her difficulty writing down a spell or rhyming an incantation. When her services were needed by the charming John Hawthorne, she didn’t expect the magnanimity of the situation that his wife was under. With her two eyes, she saw a succubus slowly eating away the flesh of the almost dead and it was such a horrible scene. …. and then snap! Boom! Everything returned and nothing was amiss! It was all her imagination, really.. wasn’t it?
One thing for sure, I couldn’t trust my mind to imagine such a thing!
Then there’s Sister Peyton, the nun who almost had the moment of death by Ireland’s sword. She’d been visited in her dreams by the phanton witches, haunted her and told her to go find Ireland for the answers she seek.
Steam may just be the scariest story in the Legends saga and I’ve got goosebumps to prove it. I still mourn the death of Rip Van Winkle (from the last book) and thought could not move on with Ireland Crane’s guilt. But things happened for a reason and Ireland, though defiant and merciless, still kept atuned to her heart at all times.
I didn’t think I’d finish this series so fast, but I’m so glad I did! And it was perfectly executed! Damn it, Stacey Rourke, only you could bring out the beast mode in me. Cheers to another stunning novel by Stacey Rourke!
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
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 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. Mark your calendars! Her latest literary adventure, Crane, will release May 26, 2014. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this thrilling Legends Saga, as well as other literary projects.