Demon in the Machine

by Lise MacTague

At the height of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, steam power and magic join forces to create wonders the world has never seen. But those wonders have a dark side—one that will soon force a reckoning few could have anticipated.

Half-demon Briar is content with her structured life as an archivist, a far cry from the chaos of her background and upbringing. Briar’s simple and predictable existence is rocked when she discovers something sinister powers one of the grand, new inventions of her era.

Isabella Castel, the only daughter of Viscount Sherard, is far from the brainless socialite she pretends to be. Isabella is everything Briar is not: passionate, creative and impulsive, but with secrets to rival even Briar’s own. Two more unlikely partners should not exist, yet if the women cannot find a way to work together, they will lose far more than their reputations.

Can a half-demon and a debutante work past their secrets before all hell breaks loose?






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Genre Fantasy, Steampunk
Length 340 pages
Publication Date June 14, 2018
Publisher Bella Books
ISBN 9781594935671
Editor Medora MacDougall
Cover Designer Sandy Knowles


Lex’s Reviews - I’m a steampunk story fan and this just fit that bill perfectly. This was filled with great inventions, dirigibles and annoying women’s clothing. I also enjoyed how MacTague seamlessly joined the magic and paranormal aspects perfectly together. I know I’m being pretty vague here but I don’t want to give any spoilers away. I loved the two main characters. Both women have the side that society sees, than they have their big secrets. The characters had dimension which I really appreciated. I easily connected with them and cared about what was going to happen to them. Besides the great imagination MacTague has for the main storyline, I was impressed with the romance. A lot of times stories that involve saving the world, authors don’t spend as much time developing their characters feelings. These characters definitely had chemistry together. If you are a steampunk or paranormal fan definitely grab this one. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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