Sky Pirates by Liesel Schwarz

October 30th, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Review 52 Comments

30th Oct
Sky Pirates by Liesel Schwarz
Sky Pirates
by Liesel Schwarz
Series: The Chronicles of Light and Shadow #3
Published by: Random House
Genres: Science Fiction, Steampunk
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

Set during the Belle Epoque, Sky Pirates is a thrilling and inventive historical fantasy novel, where the myths and legends of Old Europe live side by side with the wondrous creations of modern scientists and aviators. It's also set in a world haunted by vampires, fairies, and other supernatural creatures. And it mixes a thrill-a-minute page-turning plot with a genuinely moving love story. In Sky Pirates, Elle and Marsh escape to the jungles of Cambodia in search of a sacred temple that holds the key to erasing the barrier between Shadow and Light.

I was a little nervous starting Sky Pirates the third book in Liesel Schwarz’s Chronicles of Light and Shadow. The second book, A Clockwork Heart, left me frustrated, but wow Sky Pirates brought back all of the elements I loved in A Conspiracy of Alchemists. Action packed, with lovable characters this steampunk has us traveling the world, and engaging in battles. The heroine Elle Chance is fantastic. She is kick-ass and determined. I don’t recommend crossing her.

Schwarz weaves steampunk, science fiction and myths into this historical fantasy. Her vivid imagination bring us, fleshed out characters and a world that unfolds in Three-D. Fans of the series will be delighted by the growth in Elle and a resolution to the dire consequences of A Clockwork Heart.

The characters are rich and complex from the loathsome Pierce to the dashing Captain Dashwood. I found myself liking Jack, the incurable schemer and I felt torn as their relationships developed. The relationship between Ella and Dashwood was intense, and interesting. Through it, we see Elle come to terms with her grief, even as she searches for a way to reunite with Marsh. The power of being the Oracle is touched upon as Elle experiments and gains more control. I am anxious to see what powers she will come into as the series progresses. While the current thread is resolved, the battle has only begun.

Sky Pirates take us into the world of air pirates and deep into the jungles as we search for Angkor War a lost temple.  Schwarz has a gift for creating new steampunk elements and explaining the worlds of Shadow and Light. She was able to grab my attention from page one and immerse me in the world until I closed the last page. Sky Pirates has the perfect balance of detail and action.  In my humble opinion this novel was the strongest to date in the overall series. I am anxious to return to this fascinating world.

Fans of steampunk, adventure, travel and a side dish of romance should add Sky Pirates and the entire Chronicles of Light and Shadow to their bookshelves.

About Liesel Schwarz

Liesel Schwarz has an MA in creative writing and is currently completing her doctorate in English and creative writing at Brunel University. A life-long fan of 19th Century Gothic literature, she is a hopeless romantic and loves Victorians, steampunk, fairies, fantasy monsters, the Fin de siècle, and the correct way to drink absinthe. She also likes Medieval stuff, pirates, zombies, space operas and all subjects in between. Her debut – the first in a series of Edwardian Steampunk Novels published by Random House/Del Rey is out now. She is also currently busy with her doctorate in English and Creative Writing at Brunel University. She chooses to live in London because she loves weather there.

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52 Responses to “Sky Pirates by Liesel Schwarz”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, they usually have some mystery, quest or suspenseful plot to them that require gadgets..lots of glorious gadgets 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh my mental lists use to be awesome, now I write it all down. It still comes back to me but usually at 3 am. :snort:

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the main characters and the world building. I hope you try them.

  1. Carmel

    I’m psyched that this series managed to bounce back with this third installment because it’s been slowly inching its way up my to-read pile. From your review I gather that Schwarz works her magic once again in combining so many great elements into one book. Steampunk FTW!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I was delighted too and really it is the strongest book thus far, I cannot wait to see where it goes from here.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes it refers to a period in French and Belgian history that began in 1870 or 71 and ended when WWI began 1914 but don’t quote me…LOL

  2. Amber Elise

    Oh, I hadn’t heard of this series! I’ve been meaning to check out a good steampunk (gotta love the crazy fashion!) I’m happy this book made up for the previous books’ frustrations!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It really did, and it was icing on the cake that it was even stronger than book one!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love all the gadgets and that the plots usually have action, mystery, quests and suspense

  3. Lauren

    I remember your review of the last book and I’m so glad that Sky Pirates puts the series back on track and renews your love for this world! I am much more excited to get into this series now that I know book three is such an improvement. Love the sound of the relationship between Elle and Dashwood! Lovely review!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love this world, and yes Sky Pirates is the strongest to date. I hope you read them!

  4. Sarah

    This cover. STUNNING. I would buy this for the cover alone!

    Okay, probably not. Still… PRETTY!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, I have picked up books or one clicked because of the cover.

  5. Katherine

    I’ve only read one steam punk book and while it took me awhile to get the whole steam punk thing I ended up really enjoying it. I haven’t read anything else from the genre because I haven’t really been sure where to start but this series sounds like it might be a good place!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I Love steampunk from the gadgets to the world.I hope you try these 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes I miss Marsh, but glad at where this episode left us. I had such fun reading this!