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Sophronia Belle Lyon grew up in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, reading HG Welles, Jules Verne and other classics. She dressed up and acted out scenes with friends much like Louisa May Alcott's beloved "Little Women," and got to be a cauldron spirit in Macbeth in fourth grade. She traveled to Italy by way of Iceland and Luxembourg. She's taken apart her share of clocks to study the gearworks and feels well-prepared to enter the Steampunk genre. Hundreds of cat friends informed her about Bagheera's attitudes and manners. Oliver Twist's oblivious, eccentric habits came from the Science-absorbed men in her life, and her love for weapons translated into the well-armed members of the Alexander Legacy Company. She travels widely, shoots when she can, collects swords and knives, but is so far too shy to be photographed.
Marion Margaret Press
on Aug. 30, 2013 :
There's good books and then there's great books, and I've had the pleasure of reading one of the great ones recently. For a Christian who loves Steampunk and the Classics, The 'Pprentices, the Puppets, and the Pirates (Alexander Legacy, #2) by Sophronia Belle Lyon kept me going from beginning to end and then I wanted some more!
We get all the Christian truth, love, and family goodness mixed in with all the fantastic steampunkery one could imagine. I love how Oliver Twist is the geeky cool inventor we get to see the story through.
I'm a bit attached to my God, Steampunk and the authors she draws characters from to throw them into a fun story. Authors like Dickens, Stevenson, Kipling, Doyle, etc. I love seeing the characters presented in this way.
The 'Pprentices, the Puppets, and the Pirates (Alexander Legacy, #2) is so entertaining and faith inspiring that I'm going on to get the first book, A Dodge, a Twist and a Tobacconist.
Yes, I started with the second book, thanks to the generosity of the author in letting me have a copy. But I'm going on to buy the first of the series and read it too!
(reviewed long after purchase)