Kat Bloodmayne was experimented on by her father. Now her soul is dying and an uncontrollable power within her threatens all around her.
When we last left Kat in Tainted, she had learned of the darkness infecting her father. He seeks to capture her and take her power for an insidious Frankenstein-esque goal — and is willing to sacrifice his daughter in the process.
Now, in Awakened, Morgan L. Busse continues Kat’s trials as she seeks a cure for what is destroying her from within, while her father’s bounty hunters chase her to the ends of Austrium.
Awakened is set in a steampunk era that almost was: Victorian style, merged with the industrial age, and one of airships and mechanized war. So are you ready to enter this world where the Darkness is rapidly descending? Will Kat control her power and restore her soul?
Or will she destroy all those around her, even those she loves?
Kat Bloodmayne has a secret. She has the power within her to use nature as a weapon. Problem is that she doesn’t know where the power came from or how to control it all that well. People around her are getting hurt, and worse now that she is being hunted for her power.
Hunted by someone she knows well, protected by a man who may not be on her side and running in a world where the darkness is far more sinister than she she could have imagined.
This is Morgan L. Busse‘s new book Tainted. Set in a dystopian steampunk world — think Victorian with airships where science and the old world clash and converge.
Also think fantasy with a bit of Frankenstein simmering in the background.
I was very impressed with Morgan’s new page turner. There have many repetitive attempts at dystopia in book and film, and many failures or not-quite-there steampunk attempts. Morgan doesn’t succumb to these pitfalls and creates an original story in a well-realized world. I could see this story playing out on the big screen and Morgan has certainly established herself as a storyteller to pay attention to.
And Kat Bloodmayne is not a heroine to be trifled with.
I’ve posted a number of times on Morgan L. Busse‘s incredible Follower of the Word fantasy series. Now she has given us a first look at the part one, Tainted, of her new steampunk series coming next spring:
Hopefully, some more sneak peaks into the series are coming soon.