{Review+G!veaway} The Warlock’s Curse by M. K. Hobson

November 15, 2012 Giveaways, Reviews 8

Welcome to my stop on The Warlock’s Curse blog tour!

Paperback390 pages
Published October 31st 2012 by Demimonde
Age Group: New Adult
Source: ecopy from author
Series: Veneficas Americana #3
Buy this Book: Amazon


THE YEAR IS 1910. Eighteen-year-old Will Edwards has landed a prestigious apprenticeship at Detroit’s Tesla Industries, the most advanced scientific research center in the United States. It’s a plum prize for a young man who dreams of a career in the new science of Otherwhere Engineering.
But his father doesn’t want him to go. And he won’t tell him why.
Determined to get there by any means necessary, Will finds unexpected support along the way. His old friend Jenny Hansen—daughter of a San Francisco timber baron—is eager to help him for reasons of her own. And so is his estranged brother Ben, who he hasn’t seen in over ten years.
But running away turns out to be the easy part. On the first full moon after his eighteenth birthday, Will is stricken by a powerful magic—a devastating curse laid upon his ancestors by the malevolent sangrimancer Aebedel Cowdray. Will must find a way to control the magic that possesses him—or the vengeful warlock’s spirit will destroy everything and everyone he loves.

The Warlock’s Curse is the third book in the Veneficas Americana series, but it is set at a different time than the first two and it has a new set of characters. I love reading series in order so I can get the full effect of the books, but I wasn’t lost or confused by starting with this book. I loved the Warlock’s Curse and I will be getting the first two books in the series to read as well, because if they are like this one I know I will love them too. 

I am a major history nerd. I was a history major in undergrad and I just get all giddy when history is incorporated into stories or movies. I loved the history in The Warlock’s Curse. M.K. Hobson did an amazing job weaving history throughout the story. And the coolest part is that it was like history class and science class with magic  and some steampunkiness interspersed throughout it. Umm, yes please- those are all awesome things.  And the effect when putting them all together was great. 

The writing is the real deal. I love a fluffy book just like anyone else. Something you can pick up and just zone out and read. The Warlock’s Curse is not that book. I was more of an active participant while reading this story because the writing is awesome but more dense and complex than some of the fluffier books I read. It was a nice change of pace for me, and I really loved M.K. Hobson’s writing style. 

Will and Jenny were so full of energy and enthusiasm that it was hard not to love them. Plus, I love a guys point of view so that was a big plus in my book. But the world building was the star of the show for me. I think this has to be some of the best world building that I have seen in a book in a long time. Everything is just so well developed and presented that it makes reading a real pleasure. This book was an emotional journey. More than once I was sad about something that happened, but ultimately everything works for the story. I think The Warlock’s Curse is a book that has something for everyone, and you should check it out.

4/5 gavels

About the Author:
M.K. Hobson’s debut novel, 
The Native Star—the first book in her Veneficas Americana series—was nominated for a Nebula award in 2010. She lives in the first city in the United States incorporated west of the Rockies. Her favorite writers are Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, Booth Tarkington, Gore Vidal, and William S. Burroughs.The Warlock’s Curse is her third novel. You can find out more at her website, www.demimonde.com.

Prize package of *signed* copies of The Native Star, The Hidden Goddess and The Warlock’s Curse as well as a swag pack of a Tesla Industries pin, magnets and a sticker *not shown*.
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8 Responses to “{Review+G!veaway} The Warlock’s Curse by M. K. Hobson”

  1. I Talk Books!

    Great Review!
    I really want to read this book now. I am a huge fan of books from the male POV and the synopsis sounds quite interesting.
    History is my major too. 😀

  2. Candace

    Yay! This review makes me so happy! I agree that she has phenomenal world building skills. You must read the first two! I loved them even more and I think the history was even better just because it was further back. We also see a lot of the country in them. Let me know if you do read them, I want to see your reviews!

  3. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    I’m really excited you enjoyed it! I have this to read for the tour as well, and I’m really looking forward to it. I loved the sound of the book before, and I like how you described it as well. I was a history major in undergrad too, so it’s very cool how history and the setting are so vibrant. =)

  4. Beckey

    Thanks for sharing the review, I was getting the vibe that it may be a steampunk book wasn’t complete sure… all I was getting from the synopsis was that this book may be something with magic with warlocks and curses …

  5. Holly Bryan

    Thank you for the great review, as always! I’ve got this series on my TBR list – though I haven’t had a chance to read either of the first two yet! – and I’d love to have a full signed set!! I only heard about the series earlier this year, actually, and I really am looking forward to reading all of the books. Thanks!

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