Book Review: Lilith Saintcrow’s Steelflower

Posted March 1, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Lilith Saintcrow’s SteelflowerSteelflower by Lilith Saintcrow
This urban fantasy was published by Samhain Publishing on March 13, 2007 and has 310 pages.

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two-stars

Other books by this author include Hunter’s Prayer, Redemption Alley, Flesh Circus, Heaven's Spite, The Demon's Librarian, Dead Man Rising, The Devil’s Right Hand, Saint City Sinners, To Hell and Back, Death's Excellent Vacation, Chicks Kick Butt, Dark and Stormy Knights, Angel Town, Storm Watcher, Fire Watcher, Cloud Watcher, Mindhealer, The Iron Wyrm Affair, The Red Plague Affair, Dark Watcher, To Hell and Back

First in the fantasy Steelflower Chronicles…and most likely the last.

My Take

Kaia, a shunned elf who believes she never manifested any of her expected elfin powers, left home to seek her fortune as a mercenary. We first encounter a hungover Kaia doing battle while still half asleep only to find she’s fighting on behalf of the man whose pocket she picked the night before.

In general, I really like Saintcrow as an author and the idea of this story is intriguing. But, must Kaia whine so much??

I got the message — she doesn’t believe she has any power!! In spite of all the indications she’s receiving to the contrary?!?

Then Kaia talks about Rikyat being gods-touched. Well, thank god, Saintcrow keeps telling us because I sure am not getting it from his actions. Stop telling! Start showing!

Really, a lot of good ideas desperately in need of some depth! And lots less whining…

The Cover and Title

It has a great cover…it’s too bad the cover artist didn’t do the illustrations!

The title is all about Kaia. She’s the Steelflower elf shunned for her lack of power.

two-stars

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