Review of The Lady Astronomer by Katy O’Dowd

16051462Lucretia’s quiet life as an astronomer and hat-maker is quickly turned on its head by her brother. He is commanded by the king to build the grandest telescope in the land. Unfortunately for Lucretia, she is introduced to his majesty as her brother’s assistant. Her nights spent on rooftops gazing at the stars are replaced by adventure and danger. In a race to build the Forty-foot telescope on time for the king, her misfortunes take their toll. When Lucretia finds herself held hostage at the Clockwork Court, the innocent country girl doesn’t know who to trust. The lady astronomer finds court life to be more dangerous than she could have ever imagined. Even if her brothers manage to build the telescope on time, she might not live to earn her freedom.

With the help of her brothers, Freddie and Al, and her constant companions Leibniz the Lemur and Orion the Eagle Owl, Lucretia embarks on a journey that could change her life forever. Can she find the strength inside to balance her new life and overcome the obstacles threatening her destiny? Only the stars will tell.

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Special Note

We are proud to publish our first novel from an author who lives outside of North America. Katy hails from Ireland. When reading this novel, please keep in mind that English is not spelled the same everywhere! Because she is from Ireland and her characters also dwell in Europe, we maintained her uses and spellings. Enjoy!

Review 5 Alien Stars

The fabulous Katy O’Dowd is just awesome creative! The Lady Astronomer brings us a crew of spunky characters and witty dialogue. I loved the back and forth banter between Lucretia, Freddie and Al. Their relationship really made this book so enjoyable to devour. The dialogue, oh man, I laughed and laughed. The author does such a great job with mixing humor with loads of thrilling adventure. Also, Mrs. O’Dowd brought to life a clockwork orchestra, a freaking clockwork orchestra. How cool is that?!

In the mix, we get to meet a lemur (Leibniz) and an owl (Orion) in the story, and even though they’re animals, I felt their role was just as great as Lucretia and her two brothers. The adventure came when these crazy siblings are sought to build the great forty-foot telescope. Holy crap! I know, it’s so big, right! The King! Oh, I laughed every time he’d follow up with, “what, what.” So funny! In conclusion, I really think what makes The Lady Astronomer such a great read is that all ages can enjoy this story. Steampunk at it’s finest ❤

Also, if you’ve read Katy’s work before and loved it, she’ll have a new story out in April 2014 with Untold Press

See below for a sneak peak of MEMENTO MORI  😉  and be sure to follow Katy on Twitter.

MEMENTO MORI

Take tea with the Victorian Mafia – organised crime has never been so civilised

They say revenge is a dish best served cold – in the Lamb residence it is more likely served out of a fine bone china cup.

The untimely demise of Thaddeus Lamb (murdered, poor fellow) leaves his son Riley in charge of Assam and Earl Grey, prostitutes and extortion. Under the watchful eyes of a street philosopher who prints everything he hears, Riley and his family grieve for Thaddeus in the best way possible – retribution.

To make matters worse, the assassin O’Murtagh is leaving a trail of bodies behind, which pave their bloody way to the Lamb’s highly glossed front door.

Through a series of informants who, unfortunately, have to be disposed of; a nasty turf war over brothels and dollymops; and somebody who is depleting the coffers, life in the Lamb household falters but does not crumble, and retains its genteel veneer of calling cards, tea shops and chocolate sponge – all the social niceties, etiquette and manners that come as part of being in the upper echelons of London Victorian society.

Riley slowly starts to unravel the terrible deception that has been carried out against the Lambs, but betrayal, murder and heartbreak make for uneasy bedfellows, and he and his family can never truly rest easy, even when the Lambs have carried out their own law.

And when the cadavers start piling up, Riley and those he loves find themselves in more trouble than they could ever have anticipated.

Honestly, it’s enough to drive anyone to drink – one lump or two? The matrons of Regent’s Park will never be the same again.

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