From the Cover:
A steampunk adventure with a hint of romance.
When Lady Arabella Trunkett’s father, the High Lord Minister of Urbannia is kidnapped, all clues point to the mysterious country of Gandiss and the world is thrown into political upheaval.
Arabella is convinced the more sinister nation of Carabarras is to blame, urged on by a mad scientist seeking revenge. So, she sets out on a perilous airship journey across a variety of exotic locales to save him, and halt the potential world war.
But air-pirates, secret assassins and slave traders aren’t her only trials. The fickle hand of fate has made the captain of the only airship available for charter, the man who left her at the altar. For eight years she's wanted nothing more than to see him dead. Now he's her only hope.
Lady Arabella's father is kidnapped and by the very people he was hoping to arrange a peace treaty. Is it hopeless? Would the ambassador from Gandiss really attempt to kidnap her father? Belle doesn't think so. But to prove this, first she must confront those whom everyone assumes to be responsible. And to does so, she'll have to travel across the desert regions to the true kidnappers and assassins, Carabarras.
An airship is her only course of action to solve her problem. Unfortunately, not very many are willing to travel across the continents threatening to go to war with each other. When the airship she contracts is damaged, it leaves her with one option, allow her ex-finance who left her at the alter, back into her life, and trust him to help her retrieve her father before the invaders from Carabarras can move him or worse, kill him.
Revenge of the Mad Scientist by Lara Nance is the first book in the Airship Adventure Chronicles. It's a steampunk world full of the imaginative wanderings. The inner working of the steampunk machinery... airships and steam carriages, the Victorian world and their strange devices. Lara Nance seems to capture not only the inner workings, but also the elegance of the Victorian era, the grand ball where Lady Arabella's father is kidnapped, even Lady Arabella herself. Then, the desert worlds of Gandiss and Carabarras are filled with wonderful and despicable characters... the thieves, assassins, and the unsavory. And, it's a good mystery to keep you guessing.
Revenge of the Mad Scientist is a quick read that will leave the reader begging for more, wondering when Book 2 will be released? How is Lady Arabella and her young charges going to survive? Will Urbannia's Queen accept the word of the wandering aristocrat? My heart broke a little for the young Arabella, her father is one of the most important people in her life. At first, I didn't think I was going to like Rett, after all, he did leave Arabella at the altar. But, it was a marriage in love with the idea of marriage, it takes the growth of both characters to let the real love grow. I very much enjoyed this read from author Lara Nance, her first foray into the world of self-publishing. And yay for her, her first self-published book is a winner. If you enjoy Steampuck, visiting strange new worlds, action packed adventure, and a great love story waiting to unfold, pick up Revenge of the Mad Scientist, Airship Adventure Chronicles. You won't be disappointed, it's an excellent read. Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Five out of five fairy kisses for this reader.
I received this ebook from the author, Lara Nance, for review. All opinions expressed are my own.