- Print Length: 228 pages
- Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing (September 10, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 10, 2015
Time passes, sins forgotten.
The bodies of the victims long since rotten.
Trapped within the essence of the Headless Horseman by the guilt of slaughtering her best friend, Ireland Crane follows the father of science fiction, HG Wells, in search of freedom from the curse that binds her. Instead, she discovers even he has a hidden agenda. A dark, relentless passion to be reunited with the woman he loves has driven him to manipulate time and a murderous Horseman.
Yet heed my warning, as the Raven flies,
The Hessian will come … and you will die.
All that prevents Ireland from abandoning Wells’ twisted pursuit, or introducing him to her sword, are the undead witches haunting her. Begging for freedom from a vile succubus, the ghoulish coven leads Ireland and her crew on a journey through Salem’s sordid past. There, they learn there is more to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s history than a scarlet letter, and the secret they’ve uncovered seeks to destroy them all.
Just as with each story in the Legend’s Saga Series, we are quickly introduced into a world in which we were once given only a single perspective view, and the view is twisted in the most delightful way within minutes. Steam ushers us into the world of Preen, and in that story hides the origins of both the Salem Witch Trials and The Scarlet Letter. Within this realm, we are left to follow Preen and her coven through a series of events that could only have been fate, and wonder how it could possibly be tied back to Sleepy Hollow, Edgar Allen Poe, and Ireland and her gang of misfit boys.
We also follow Ireland, Rip, Noah, Ridley, H.G. Wells along with the new additions of Payton and Malachi along their most crooked journey yet. In this book, while many ends are tied up which were left undone in the previous books, we are consistently berated with one mystery after another, left only with the hope that we will have some closure at this work’s end.
To say that I enjoy this serious is a vast understatement. I have loved this series from the very moment I began Crane and now carry that love far beyond the final page. I usually give a more detailed account of my opinions of the plot, but as almost every single detail is a potential spoiler, I am only left with the ability to say that this is truly a work of art. This series and this installment in particular is a story that is woven with such complexity that it is simple to lose yourself in the action and emotions of the Legend’s Saga Reality. The way Stacey Rourke has not only retold, but dare I say it, improved upon some of the literary world’s most hallowed tales is nothing short of astounding. Steam takes two of my favorite works, and raises the bar even higher. To be able to not only honor, but rival the talent of such esteemed authors is quite a feat, and a talent well worth recognizing.
I give this book 5 out of 5 starts. If this ranking system would let me give it all the stars, I would, but five will have to suffice for now. Never have I fallen in love with such an odd group of characters, and never have I loved a collection so dearly. As cliché as it is, I laughed and I cried, sometimes within minutes of each other. So to everyone I know, look out, you are not going to stop hearing about this book and series for a VERY long time.