Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Unraveling by Laurel Wanrow (The Luminated Threads, #1)

The Unraveling
by Laurel Wanrow

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Sprouting Star Press
Genre: Steampunk | Fantasy | Historical
Print Length: 303 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 In 1868 England, the competition to control agriculture is fierce…
…and nobody says no to Derby’s industrial magnate.

Except Annmar Masterson. The nineteen-year-old rejects his improper advances and instead takes an advertising position on a farm. She discovers the isolated valley is home to gifted species—including animal and plant shifters—who hide their lives from the rest of England. The blue threads only she sees on their clockwork machinery prove her heritage is rooted with theirs, but their world is so different that Annmar doesn't know if she'll ever belong.

Shapeshifter Daeryn Darkcoat blames himself for the death of his mate and swears he won't be responsible for another pack. But when the farm he loves falls victim to an endless run of strange pests eating the crops, he joins the hunt, taking charge of an unruly team of predator shifters. In the midst of the battle, Annmar stirs feelings he can’t resist.

As Annmar becomes entangled in the fight against the pests, and with Daeryn, she discovers her magic might help…if she can learn to use it properly. If not, she’ll be forced to leave the people she has come to care for and become what she fears most: nothing more than another cog in the magnate’s gears.

THE UNRAVELING is a full-length novel, approximately 350 pages, for readers 18+ (new adult and older). This is Volume 1 of THE LUMINATED THREADS, a steampunk fantasy romance. To be notified of the releases of Volume 2 (fall, 2015) and Volume 3 (winter 2015/16)

 The Unraveling by Laurel Wanrow

The Unraveling (The Luminated Threads #1)Talk about the sparkle and shine of something just a little different in the world of steampunk, fantasy and romance! The Unraveling by Laurel Wanrow is the first in a serialized series that has set a high bar for this talented author to beat in the future! Step back into 19th century England where one talented, nineteen-year-old young woman stiffens her spine against a lecherous businessman, jeopardizing her job, only to be offered another position doing advertising for a small and mysterious valley whose produce is prized across the land. What is the secret to such delightful wares for this isolated valley? Are the inhabitants gifted? Each has an affinity for a necessary job to be done and they work together, proving there is no "I" in teamwork. For Annmar, a case of mistaken identity opens a new world where she finds her true roots and magic of her own gift that comes to life when she draws.

Meanwhile, shifter Daeryn, head of security finds his nightmares of the past coming back full force as his heart warms to the beautiful and seemingly delicate Annmar. Together, they play tug-of-war with their emotions, as Annmar’s newly found roots give her the mettle to be a woman far ahead of her time!

The Unraveling by Laura Wanrow is full of the atmosphere of the steampunk era, the fairytale feel of magical gifts and the joy of belonging in a small, but special world. Her characters will warm your heart with their caring, have you hissing at the villains and wanting to be part of the magic of this special valley where everyone watches out for and cares about one another. Can you imagine a fruit tree having a name and a personality, or even a tiny magical guardian? Yep, truly delightful reading with a hint of romance, heat and intrigue! This is fun, fresh and fanciful reading that makes escaping reality like a the best vacation ever

I received this copy from Laurel Wanrow in exchange for my honest review.

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