Sundark (Elle Black Penny Dread, #1)

Sundark (Elle Black Penny Dread, #1) Elle Black, An Unconventional Psychic Detective In An Unconventional Victorian Marriage, Leaves Her Housewifely Duties To Answer A Desperate Plea Guests Are Vanishing In A Mechanical Hotel Known As The Sundark, And Elle Must Use Her Anomalous Perturbationist Gift The Ability To Moves Objects With Her Mind To Save Herself And The Remaining Hotel Residents From Malevolent, Sidereal Powers But With Apparitions Appearing, Magnetic Lines Disrupted, And Clairvoyant Guests Lurking, Who Is The True Murderer Or Murderess Gaslamp, Steampunk, Gothic Victorian Horror And Mystery Bringing You An Uncanny Heroine In A Mechanical, Paranormal, Alternate World London Join Elle Black, Female Sleuth, In Her Supernatural Adventuress Tales

Elizabeth Watasin is the author of the Gothic steampunk series The Dark Victorian, The Elle Black Penny Dreads, the cyberpunk Darquepunk series, and the creator artist of the indie comics series Charm School, which was nominated for a Gaylactic Spectrum Award Winner of a Rainbow Award 2015, Best Lesbian Fantasy and Fantasy Romance, for Medusa A Dark Victorian Penny Dread A twenty year veteran o

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  • 144 pages
  • Sundark (Elle Black Penny Dread, #1)
  • Elizabeth Watasin
  • English
  • 08 March 2017

10 thoughts on “Sundark (Elle Black Penny Dread, #1)

  1. says:

    This was so much better on a 2nd read through I think getting interrupted so often the first time I read it really did impact the flow This time, it felt much fluid and the energy of the book really picked up at the 1 2 way mark The mystery was cohesive and I don t think I can ever get over Watasin s cleverness and imagination.I loved the subtle humor sprinkled through the climax of the book and Elle s indignation at the events around her All hell is breaking loose and yet I m completely tickled and delighted by our heroine, two adjectives I have never used outside of a Watasin novel This writer just has that effect.I still think Faedra and Elle together, rather than apart, lend the scenes extra vibrancy and they re such a powerful duo with a great amount of heartfelt passion I just want to squee about them.In my second read through, I put this around 4.25 stars I still am partial to the 2nd novel in this series, Poison Garden , especially because Faedra and Elle ARE together through that book For us readers, though, that only means there s better yet to come Elizabeth Watasin creates another captivating heroine in Elle Black Instead of a paranormal creature, however, Elle is a woman with sensitive intuition with the ability to move objects with her mind.Mrs Black is recruited by, Josefina, an employee of the Sundark hotel to investigate the disappearance of hotel guests Josefina has gone to the police and to the Special Commission, being turned down by both Mrs Black is her last hope.I found this book to be another imaginative read, this time a world created around a living house The book isn t too long but, unlike the first Dark Victorian book, I felt that the story was fleshed out enough Despite its short stature, this is a dense book that you need to pay attention to There s a lot packed into it.As I was reading, the pacing seemed on the slower side until the last 1 3rd of the book I think this was a combination of the author needing to do a lot of setup, when weird things happened they didn t seem to point to each other, and me being interrupted about 20 times while reading it The book didn t get a build up of intensity until the end It was like ominous thinglulllullominous thinglulllull.What I mean by the weird things happening not pointing to each other is that every strange occurrence that unfolded didn t seem to add up to a conclusion nothing I could figure out anyway I had no clue what the mystery behind the house was until the author revealed it.I was delighted to see a cameo by Helia Skycourt and it also felt like an easter egg bonus that she and Elle could be fast friends that s what the author seemed to be hinting at, anyway.I also really enjoyed the coupling of Elle and Faedra I actually think the story would ve been a lot intriguing if the two could have been together to figure out the mystery than apart They have a chemistry together Faedra is the dominant of the two and gives a certain oomph to the dynamic I really appreciate how unapologetic the author is on having two women together In this story, too, we see physical intimacy though not much between Elle and Faedra that the Dark Victorian series hasn t offered yet.I also appreciate how active the author s heroines are in all of her books I love it Even though this book did feel fleshed out there is something about it that gives me a similar impression to the Dark Victorian series in that the first book probably isn t the best to come I think if the author writes a subsequent book for this character it ll be stronger and I definitely would be interested in reading it.For the Penny Dread stories, I d say the Ice Demon is a tighter, solid read than this one However, this is a nice introduction to new characters and a decent read in itself, especially if you re a fan of Watasin.

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    Thank you A Girl Studios and Netgalley for providing this in exchange for an honest review 1.5 StarsElle is a clairvoyant, telekinetic, who helps out Prince Albert s Royal Commission whenever needed She and her wife, Faedra, live during the same time and place as the Dark Victorian books Elle receives a letter from a woman asking for her help The woman, Josefina, works at a hotel called Sundark Sundark was built by an illusionist for his wife, Abigail The house was mechanically designer so the rooms could be moved Abigail was an occultist who worshiped the goddess Hekate She picked the location of Sundark, and the placement of a few specific towers, for the special powers they held There was the odd disappearance now and then, but since Abigail herself disappeared, things had quieted down Now currents guest are starting to disappear The regular police have been in after every incident and can find no evidence of foul play At her wits end, Josefina has come to Elle for help.I have to admit, I was really let down with this title I recently read another book by the author, The Dark Victorian Risen Volume One , and really enjoyed it The characters in Dark Victorian were fun and quirky, but weren t too over the stop Not the case here Elle and Feadra are too sickeningly sweet Most of the characters are pretty generic and flat The mystery itself bored me I will not continue with this series For those of you who read this and didn t enjoy it, I recommend you try Watasin s Dark Victorian series if you haven t already The characters, story, and overall atmosphere are all stronger then they were here.

  3. says:

    Second read for me, first one for book club buddy D who by now is totally besotted with the writing of Elizabeth Watasin The book can easily be read multiple times, there is so much detail I didn t even catch the first time around And still a solid 5 stars from me

  4. says:

    Elle Black lives a happily domestic life with her wife in the darkly gothic world of Victorian London certainly an unconventional relationship but one she lives with pride and joy and love.But Elle isn t just a housewife she s a psychic and she considers it her duty to help those that Prince Albert s Royal Commission cannot or will not handle and when Josephine Durfish comes to her door with tales of Sundark, the haunted hotel in which guests have gone missing, Elle is spurred into action.This book is set in the same world as the Dark Victorian series and it has those same wonderful elements We have the darkly Gothic Victoriana which, I admit, I love so completely with it s beautiful style and aesthetic And it s not just conveyed by the description but the joyfully elaborate style of the writing This is from me, someone who doesn t like over elaborate writing and find Dickens to be incredibly torturous yet this elaborate joyful language is so evocative of style and location Just reading the style of the writing, the way people talk to each other, the setting it s all so gloriously Victorian The writing is beautiful and it oozes style and setting, it s perfect.I also love Faedra and Elle s relationship They re married using legal contracts and are proud and passionate about their marriage Their love and passion for each other is never hidden and it s wonderfully omnipresent Even though Elle spends most of this book separated from Faedra, her wife is always on her mind and their love permeates the entire book It s a beautiful relationshipAnd it s not just a beautiful relationship because of their love, but because of how these characters are portrayed I often feel how the book wonderful touches on a lot of stereotypes of lesbians and bisexual women, but never ever makes that a reason for the character Faedra goes out and earns money while Elle stays home and prefers to keep house and be domestic, they even refer briefly to the idea of Faedra being a husband because of the stereotype, especially in the age, of the man being the one to earn money but reject it because they think they re imposing a power imbalance on their relationship And even when they do that, they then turn round and make Elle the active character throughout the book and Faedra be the one who loves bright colours and beautiful clothes These are traits of the characters, not tropes they embody it s that well balanced and it works for them I love these characters.I do feel that Elle s open pride in her relationship faces a dubious lack of reaction from everyone around her, but it could as much be the setting guests in a hotel and everyone being properly polite to each other.With this beautiful relationship and wonderful world we have a twisty plot with lots of investigation of creepy paranormal events in this haunted hotel The setting of this hotel is beautiful and creepy and with an odd cast of characters some of which really worked and some of them just seemed a little random and ill defined.Read More

  5. says:

    The serial novella, dime store novels and penny dreads are making a resurgence and Watasin is right on the money with her addition to the comeback Sundark is packed with a perfect trifecta of marvelous crafted characters, solid plot, and an amazing story I am not easily impressed to the point of wanting to hop on the fan bandwagon forever, but Elizabeth Watasin with both her flair for the written word and dramatic drawings that embody her characters so well deserves being noticed Watasin s skill at developing a cast of characters that draws the reader into the world she has also crafted is stunning Her ability to take a story and tell it so precisely, without fluffing it with excess description and unnecessary jaunts of adventure that don t apply to the tale being told, makes her stories something to be treasured Even if you have never read a Steampunk story I truly believe that anyone and everyone would enjoy this story I know it will have an honorary home on my shelf when a print edition comes available though I do believe I will wait to see where the Elle Dark Penny Dreads take us for further adventures.

  6. says:

    It pains me to give this novel such a mediocre score certainly it doesn t reflect the technical competence of the author s But sometimes a novel feels like the reader has awkwardly interrupted an ongoing conversation in which they have no part, and this book is a prime example Eventually my inability to connect with the characters forced me to shelve the book entirely roughly half way through, and move on to greener pastures.The premise itself is unique and quirky a telekinetic Victorian lady agrees to investigate the strange and uncanny happenings at a bizarre mechanical hotel This character has contracted a business arrangement with another woman which for all intents and purposes makes them happily and legally married While sometimes the setting is awkwardly written, it is clear and rich enough to satisfy the reader Characters encountered along the way feel fresh and deep.The problem comes with the main characters They are properly a couple There is no space to insert the reader within their easy familiarly with each other, and the attempt to do so falls flat Exposition feels forced Exciting past adventures are told to us without us having any buy in during the now This entire situation is immediately and consistently frustrating.I cannot recommend this book, but I suspect that the writer s ve simply thrown out a single dud The writing and creativity of the story are top notch, which bodes well for other novels I will certainly not avoid their work, but I will not be picking up Sundark again.

  7. says:

    I was provided a free review copy by the author Elizabeth WatasinReview posted on GnostalgiaBarry says excellent Okay, let me reveal my bias, I love Elizabeth Watasin Bear that in mind when looking at my score of 5 stars Watasin s stories have a sort of Blaylock The Aylesford Skull , George Mann Newbury Hobbes or a Mark Hodder Burton Swinburne dark paranormal, steampunk vibe Having said that, Watasin creates strong female characters along the lines of Tardi s Ad le Blanc Sec or Kerry Greenwood s Phryne Fisher.In this case, Watasin s Sundark character is a telekinetic agent named Elle Black The story is a fast paced fun read I have to admit that the vampire tease at the end of Sundark really worked I am ready for the next episode.There is a list of names a who s who at the back of the book that may help the reader Watasin includes some nice artwork and there is a small tease for her book Bones While Risen, Bones and Sundark are set in the same alternate reality, each book is a stand alone story Just between you and me, Sundark may be the best of Watasin s stories.I thoroughly enjoyed it I give Sundark a solid 5 stars out of 5 I mentioned Kerry Greenwood on Facebook when speaking about Watasin s novel and Watasin replied, who s Kerry Greenwood While Greenwood may not be a household name now, she will be in a few years The same may be said of Elizabeth Watasin, she may not be a household name next week or next month, but if she continues to produce great books

  8. says:

    Sundark An Elle Black Penny Dread by Elizabeth Watasin Deep in London s Chiselhurst lies the Sundark, a magnificent, mechanical manor built in earlier times by a master illusionist and his occultist wife Its guests have been known to stay, only to never be seen again Elle Black, a housewife and telekinetic is summoned to solve this mystery.The mystery surrounding the Sundark, with its mechanical dome for stargazing and beautiful witch s hat dome architecture is perfectly paced If the home turned hotel didn t devour people and spit out their remains in the garden, I would be ready to move in.A bonus for me was when I realized that Elle Black lives in the same reality as Artifice, the artificial ghost, and Jim Dastard, the animated skull, from The Dark Victorian series Their paths almost cross when a character from The Dark Victorian shows up in Sundark.This is a fast paced, exciting read, that dives right into the mystery, with truly unique characters My favorites, of course, are Elle and her wife, Faedra, who share a genuine love for one another.The twist at the end was brilliant, and I look forward to reading of Elle s sleuthing adventures I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review I originally read this book in April 2014 I am in the process of transferring my blog contents.

  9. says:

    This was fascinating and beautiful Highly recommended to those who enjoy gothic and or steampunk fiction

  10. says:

    You can find this review and bookishsilvertongue I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for a honest review.Someone had the brilliant idea to turn the mechanical moving house of a stage magician and his occultist wife into a hotel, and now guests are disappearing It s up Elle Black, paranormal detective, to find out what s behind the unconventional house and get herself and the other guests out of there alive why read it interesting setting, very creepy Nice gaslamp fantasy atmosphere why not holy pacing issues Batman I want to sit down with the author and have her explain the ending.I must admit it, I mostly requested this book from NetGalley for the Victorian same sex couple paranormal detectives The relationship between Elle and Faedra was certainly not the focus of the plot, but it was a nice touch and they were a very caring and loving couple and you will get me to read literally anything if you tell me there are lesbians.What I liked the most about the book was the setting The larger universe, a Victorian Britain where paranormal powers exist, was nothing special and was barely explored, but the haunted mechanical magical house was a true beauty The author evokes very well how fascinating and still menacing the house is By the climax, I felt a sense of oppression during every scene set in the Sundark.Its workings are never fully explained, but it only adds to the mystery and danger, in my opinion.The paranormal aspect felt like the tip of an iceberg From some passages it seemed an insane amount of worldbuilding went into a system of supernatural apparitions the difference between a true ghost and a memory sounds especially interesting and different kinds of magic, some of them tied to pagan mythology Sadly, in others it felt like the proverbial fantasy kitchen sink.The characters are not very well developed, but there are loads of them, as in every self respecting mystery novel, and it is a very short book At times, Eden seemed the most rounded of them, even than the protagonist The writing was clunky in some passages, although I got a feeling it was trying to imitate old penny dreads but I never read one so I can t be sure.The average rating mostly stems from giant, glaring, pacing issues.The whole first chapter is devoted to an infodump about Elle s previous marriage, her hospitalization into an asylum, and the legal contracts that allow her and Faedra to live as wives It almost seemed like a synopsis for a preceding book in a series, but there isn t one Most of the backstory revealed there is in no way relevant to the book, and is only seen again in Elle s thoughts and in the sequel hook A sequel hook that takes up 13 pages roughly 1 10 of the novel, waaay too much and bored me almost to tears view spoiler The story ends than two chapters before the ending of the book The last one is taken up by the sequel hook, the preceding one by our heroines going back to daily life and a conversation with one of the hotel guests I think if the revelation about who he is had come earlier, during the investigation, it would have made him interesting and sympathetic In the second to last chapter, it feels like a post scriptum and given all together like that it s another info dump hide spoiler

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