Treasure, Darkly is a compelling and well-written western steampunk novel.
Clark Treasure grew up in a Brothel with his prostitute mother. He helped her earn money by stealing from her clients when she would sing out a signal. That all changed, though, when he stole and drank what he thought was alcohol, from one of his mother’s clients. After drinking the stolen liquid, Clark finds that he can see and speak with spirits, and raise the dead. Clark becomes a wanted man. And since he doesn’t relish the thought of becoming a lab experiment, he hides. Clark seeks out the only man he thinks is rich and powerful enough to protect him, Garth Treasure, his father.
Garth Treasure welcomes Clark into his home after the initial shock of the young man turning up on his doorstep, claiming to be his son, wears off.
Clark thought that he could lay low and stay hidden on his father’s ranch. But that all went by the wayside when Clark develops a particular liking for his half-sister, Amethyst, and she for him. Amethyst’s parents are taken back when their strong-willed daughter decides to stay on the ranch instead of going back to her independent life that she loved in the city.
Amethyst is a spoiled rich girl who is not a lovable character at first. She does develop compassion for those who are less fortunate than herself and becomes a more likable person. Clark is her greatest teacher. The two siblings become close. Clark ends up sharing with Amethyst his secret after he has to raise her from the dead.
I thoroughly enjoyed Treasure, Darkly. This was the first steampunk novel that I’ve ever read, but it will not be my last. I am looking forward to book two in this series. I highly recommend reading Treasure, Darkly. It’s a steampunk novel with fantasy, mystery, and romance.
~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover