Title – Steam
Author – Stacey Rourke
Publication Date – November 8, 2016
Series – Legends Saga #3
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.
I don’t even know what to say about the mind-blowing conclusion to the Legends Saga that I’ve just finished! Steam kept me on the edge of my seat in anticipation, excited and anxious to see just how the story of these legends would conclude. All I can really say is that Stacey Rourke has flawlessly weaved together all the characters from the previous novels and let them go out with a true bang.
“Time shall pass, sins forgotten. The bodies of your victims long since rotten. Yet, heed my warning, as the raven flies, The Hessian shall come … and you will die.”
I can say with utmost certainty that this novel was definitely my favorite of the three in the series. The characters’ personalities were everything that I had come to expect, and then some. It was like Rourke took a match to the flame in order to make them more explosive, more passionate, more of everything. The dynamic between each set of characters came to life in a way that was missing in the previous books. Furthermore, the new players introduced were easy to instantly fall in love with. At times, I even felt more invested in Preen’s story than I ever did for the others. Her plight drew readers in and made them feel like a part of her family, which ultimately forced me to care more.
“I’m ready to finish this … and rewrite the legend.”
My favorite part of Steam was seeing how Rourke drew from different literary masterpieces and several time periods and brought them all together in a single setting. Further, she took pieces from historic mysteries and well-known places, which brought the book to life in a unique way. There were so many times that I wished I could write myself into the thread of the novel and become a part of it. If you’re a fan of reading to escape, then this suspense-filled book is just the ticket. Stacey Rourke excels in bringing to life many of the classics with a fun modern spin. I’ll be quite anxious to see what else this talented author can accomplish!
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series!
Crane (Legends Saga, #1)
Raven (Legends Saga, #2)