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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

[Blog Tour: Review] Nefertiti’s Heart by A. W. Exley

Nefertiti’s Heart
A. W. Exley

Genre: Steampunk
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
ISBN 10: 1620071797
ISBN-13: 978-1620071793
Number of pages: 280
Word Count: 83,000
Cover Artist: Ricky Gunawan
Read an Excerpt

Book Description:
Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently.
London, 1861. Impoverished noble Cara has a simple mission after the strange death of her father - sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when aristocratic beauties start dying of broken hearts, an eight inch long brass key hammered through their chests. A killer hunts amongst the nobility, searching for a regal beauty and an ancient Egyptian relic rumored to hold the key to immortality.
Her Majesty’s Enforcers are in pursuit of the murderer and they see a connection between the gruesome deaths and Cara. So does she, somewhere in London her father hid Nefertiti’s Heart, a fist sized diamond with strange mechanical workings. Adding further complication to her life, notorious crime lord, Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is relentless in his desire to lay his hands on Cara and the priceless artifact. If only she could figure out his motive.
Self-preservation fuels Cara's search for the gem. In a society where everyone wears a mask to hide their true intent, she needs to figure out who to trust, before she makes a fatal mistake.

My Thoughts
Hmm... Nefertiti's Heart was a somewhat hard yet enjoyable for me to read. 'll post a full pro/cons list below.
The creations in Nefertiti's heart was one of the most eye-catching aspects of this novel. There were many facets where this kind of creativity was displayed. (Like the finely created mechanical horses!)

The Intrigue

The original idea of a diamond artifact being hidden in a Victorian London like setting is a great one. I mean who would have thought of that? This idea is what really carried me throughout the novel. (Bonus points scene setting by-the-way)

The Action
The Action; especially in the beginning parts felt a little rushed and ill-described, It didn't fully "hit" the reader with its full force.

The words really didn't translate through to the reader, and thus I couldn't get "in" to the book. I almost felt like I was experiencing things through a thin translucent membrane

Rating:  Anywhere from C to a C+

About the Author:
Books and writing have always been an enormous part of my life. I survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, I overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics.
Today, I write steampunk novels with a sexy edge and an Egyptian twist. I live in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful equines, felines, canine and homicidal chickens.

Web: www.awexley.com
Blog: http://mutteringsfromtheoubliette.blogspot.co.nz/
Twitter: @AWExley
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AWExley
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6585392.A_W_Exley

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