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*Born of Treasure* by Jordan Elizabeth*5-Stars

Born of Treasure

Jordan Elizabeth proves herself to be a great storyteller, in her newest steampunk novel, Born of Treasure; the second book in the Treasure Chronicles series.

Clark and Amethyst continue to travel in book two across the West, steampunk style, with the sole purpose of stealing back Clark’s father’s inventions. Army Captain Greenwood, though, is determined to capture Clark. The Captain exposes, his evil narcissistic side to the world when he sets a trap to ensnare Clark by imprisoning an innocent family, Clark’s family, the Treasures. Captain Greenwood feels justified in his actions because Clark drank a military’s top-secret substance, which has given him special abilities. And once Clark consumed that liquid, he became Army property. This highly classified substance does not only give Clark the ability to see and talk to the dead but also to bring them back to life.

Clark’s father, Eric, has been deceased for eighteen years, but since his son can mingle with the dead, he talks to him and shows Clark where his inventions are. Amethyst has lost some of her snooty rich behavior, but because she’s still not street-wise, her actions often put her and Clark in danger. The only thing that bothered me about this book was that Clark and Amethyst didn’t tell their family right away about being married. Although, Garth and Georgette Treasure knew that Clark was not their child, the rest of the family did not.

I liked the addition of Clark’s gang in the story and how they stepped up to help Amethyst after she gave them a powerful paranormal demonstration. I enjoyed this well-written novel and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good coming-of-age steampunk story.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Treasure, Darkly* by Jordan Elizabeth*5-star*Steampunk Novel

Treasure, Darkly

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