The Deathsniffer's Assistant

The Deathsniffer s Assistant The Deathsniffer s Assistant is a fantasy novel with a unique pseudo Edwardian setting and a murder mystery twist What s not to love about floating castles eccentric lady detectives and a protagonis

  • Title: The Deathsniffer's Assistant
  • Author: KateMcIntyre
  • ISBN: 9781620079096
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Deathsniffer s Assistant is a fantasy novel with a unique pseudo Edwardian setting and a murder mystery twist What s not to love about floating castles, eccentric lady detectives, and a protagonist who judges everyone by the quality of their shoes After losing his parents in the Floating Castle Incident, the sensitive and mannered Chris Buckley has spent six years raiThe Deathsniffer s Assistant is a fantasy novel with a unique pseudo Edwardian setting and a murder mystery twist What s not to love about floating castles, eccentric lady detectives, and a protagonist who judges everyone by the quality of their shoes After losing his parents in the Floating Castle Incident, the sensitive and mannered Chris Buckley has spent six years raising his magically talented little sister, Rosemary They have been living on the savings that his once wealthy family left behind That money is drying up, and Chris finds himself with no choice but to seek out work in Darrington City as it spirals into a depression The only employer willing to consider his empty r sum is O Faraday, the manic Deathsniffer Faraday s special magical gift is a heightened intuition which is invaluable in hunting down murderers.When a Duchess calls on Olivia to solve the mystery of her dead husband, Chris finds himself tangled in Faraday s daily life and unable to extract himself from the macabre questions of the investigation His involvement grows complicated as political forces close around Rosemary They only see her as a tool that can be used to end the depression at the cost of her freedom or even her life Chris must juggle the question of who killed Viktor val Daren with the responsibility of keeping Rosemary and her magic safe from those who would use her up and toss her aside Worst of all, he begins to learn that the national disaster that took his parents lives may not have been the accident it seemed.Set in a world very similar to 1900s London, The Deathsniffer s Assistant combines the investigative murder mystery with a tale of personal and societal redemption It is about the relationships between broken people who clash often than not, but manage to shape and learn from one another in spite of this The story is told from the perspective of Christopher Buckley, young and impressionable and influenced by the prejudices of his time, as he finds himself surrounded by a cast of exceptional women whose differing characters will slowly reconstruct his understanding of strength in others and in himself.

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    1. 3.5/5 STARSThis book takes place in a world where paranormal and mythological creatures are in forced servitude to humans - powering machinery, creating light, and being used as transportation. It is like an 1800's alternate London. It's a fun mix of murder mystery, paranormal creatures and abilities, and flawed characters coming together to be something more than the sum of their parts.Society categorizes people according to their unique paranormal abilities. The main character is 19 year old C [...]

    2. If you're looking for a weird fantasy/steampunk book with a touch of murder, mystery and unrepentant bitchy heroine, then The Deathsniffer's Assistant is for you.This book is intriguing. It's far from being the next supernova book but it has its charm and cuteness. The Deathsniffer's Assistant kinda reminds me of a weird Sherlock Holmes spin-off where there's a bitchy, I-won't-suck-up-with-you heroine and a hero who is kinda obsessed with social politeness. The world settingThis is kinda hard to [...]

    3. 4.5 stars. Ooh I loved this one! What an absolute hidden gem!The Deathsniffer's Assistant is the first book in a fantasy series set in a world very similar to Victorian London. In this world, humans have found a way to harness the power of 'elementals' to use as technology - for example, salamanders who create heat are put into lamps. Everyone in this world (known as Tarland) goes through a process called Categorization when they turn 19 to discover if they have any additional powers. Many peopl [...]

    4. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going in to The Deathsniffer’s Assistant. The beautiful cover gave off a Victorian / steampunkish vibe, which had me apprehensive as I’ve had bad experiences with steampunk in the past. I’m happy to say that this novel is more of a Victorian fantasy with magic and elementals.This is a world where the binding of elementals to power items is commonplace (and dangerous). Enchanted objects from the necessary (lights) to the frivolous (amusement park rides) [...]

    5. 3.5 Stars Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes The Deathsniffer's Assistant brings you a good, old crime to solve in an alternate magical 19th Century England setting. Chris, as a Wordweaver (someone who can put down words very fast, and is looked down upon by everyone), can't find a job to support his little sister except with the eccentric Deathsniffer Faraday.I say eccentric, but basically she is a jerk. And while there are certainly characters you love to hate, she isn't one of them. [...]

    6. More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog surrealtalvi.wordpress/The Deathsniffer's Assistant is an intriguing story built around a late Victorian/early Edwardian type of society. What we have really are two stories woven around one young man POV: a Sherlock Holmes murder mystery and an alternate universe urban fantasy in which elementals can be magically enslaved. The world building is superb and the split focus makes for a robust read.Story: Young aristocrat Christopher lost his parents when air [...]

    7. 4.3 STARS*****THE DEATHSNIFFER'S ASSISTANT reminded me of the Sherlock Holmes stories.But don't get me wrong, it's actually very different --with the occasional dropping of the F-bomb at the end, mentions of sex, graphic violence, and magic. But if you loved the interaction of Holmes and his assistant D. you are open fantasy/magic/alt-Englands then maybe you'll enjoy this tale from Ms. McIntyre because the interactions of the two main characters are pretty entertaining.The role of Holmes is play [...]

    8. Let me begin by saying that even though I have very eclectic tastes when it comes to fiction, this is probably a bit beyond what I'd typically read--Victorian-esque, fantasy, told in third person. I begin with that because it should tell you something that I really enjoyed this book and am giving it five stars.Even though the book is written in third person, the story came through with plenty of insights and asides about the characters, which made me feel like I really knew them. The physical de [...]

    9. free copy received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review :)this book GAH!!! this book was phenomenal :) I have so many great things to say about it that I don't know where to start :) the writing style, the characters, the world, the mystery :) I loved everything about this story :) and now I cannot wait to read more :) give me a couple of days to gather my overly enthusiastic thoughts and put them in words, and you'll have a full review very, very soon ;)edited to add my full revi [...]

    10. The Deathsniffer’s Assistant takes place in a fantastic world where spirits and elementals are exploited in electricity’s stead, and where people are born with strange abilities…Chris is a wordweaver – a scribe and basically the lowest categorisation there is. Left orphaned along with his younger sister Rosemary in the wake of a national tragedy, Chris has grown up with few friends and a dwindling fortune, his priority always his sister’s safety. Because Rosemary isn’t just an ordina [...]

    11. Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Oct 13 , 2015:In a Flutter: Spectacularly fun!ReviewMeet my 4th Bomy Award of Excellence of the year, The Deathsniffer’s Assistant by Kate McIntyre. This is obviously my Mystery/Thriller year, because all of my Bomy Awards of Excellence have been from that area :DWhat could be better than an Edwardian fantasy world, where all kinds of fantastic creatures – salamanders, elementals & such – are bound into objects, people communicate via mag [...]

    12. Posted on Powder & PageThis is another book that I received from NetGalley, published by Curiosity Quills Press. I admit, I was intrigued by the title of the book and the whole reason I requested it was so I could figure out what a “Deathsniffer” was. I found out in short order what that ominous title meant and how it fit into the scope of the story.The story itself was a complex and gruesome murder mystery layered in with Christopher Buckley’s personal troubles. You see, Mr. Buckley i [...]

    13. I truly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one to be released.This gem is set in an alternate-England where magic has been contained and the Industrial Age never happened. Salamanders, water sprites, sylphs, and other dangerous magical creatures have been bent and shifted into items similar to an Edwardian England with both hackney cabs and winged coaches.The Deathsniffer is Olivia Faraday, and her assistant is the penniless Christopher Buckley who finds himself thrust into service to [...]

    14. I didn't really like The Deathsniffer's Assistant by Kate McIntyre and here is why: this story was too busy and at the same time it was an empty story.The story was too busy be course there were too many fictional things - magical animals, fib vocation, fib country and towns and nationalities. I got the feeling like there was a list of fairy tale animals on authors wall and she had to mention each one of them at least once (I was expecting to see a dragon, almost did, but no dragon). And all tho [...]

    15. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. Having been on a bit of a Steampunk/ Sherlockian kick here lately I was pleased to find this book fit in perfectly! It was an engaging read with plenty of intrigue and twists and turns along the way. I loved the characters with all of their quirks especially Olivia with her personality it's easy to see how she would become a favorite character.This book was extremely well structured and planned out so it seems like nothing was left [...]

    16. "It was amazing."The Deathsniffer's Assistant is a fantastic book by a debut author. It has everything I love in a book to the point where I could have written it myself! Manners, politics, conspiracies, mystery, snappy dialogue between people who don't quite get along, and a cool, unique setting.I can't wait for the next one!

    17. Very unusual book! I really enjoyed the characters and the environment. A bit toward the end there were lots and lots of spelling/word errors (kindle version) which made it annoying, but otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I'm hoping that maybe the elementals will be explained a little bit. : )

    18. I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this book. I had it on my wishlist on for the longest time but didn't really want to spend $4.99 for it. Luckily I was approved to receive a free galley. The story starts off kind of sad with the death of the main character's parents in The Floating Castle Incident. Chris then takes over raising his younger sister. He is desperate to gain income and ends up working for Olivia Faraday, Deathsniffer. Chris and [...]

    19. I have had the privilege of reading an advance copy of the Death Sniffers Assistant by Kate McIntyre. Mysteries are one of my favorite genres, while fantasy is new to me. That has now changed after reading this delightful book.The author has created the wonderful, eccentric, Olivia, Deathsniffer by trade. Olivia will make you laugh one minute and then be totally frustrated the next. I love the scenes where her unique outfits are described as they reflect what will happen in her world that day. Y [...]

    20. I finished my advanced reading copy the day after I got it, and the only reason I didn't finish it the day I started is because I started so late. The world felt so real once I'd dipped my toes in that I just wanted to keep reading, and the book pulled me along at just the right clip. Right from chapter 1 when we start to see the magic of the world from the perspective of Chris everything is clear, and it paints a great picture of the world in a small domestic scene.Can I just say that I love Ol [...]

    21. 'The Deathsniffers Assistant' is one of my favourite novels of 2015. I received a free advance copy of 'The Deathsniffers Assistant' in exchange for an honest review!I think one of the many things Kate McIntyre nails are her characters. Olivia's a real ball buster who suits her employment as a 'Deathsniffer' to a tee. We can both love her, and wish to slap her at the same time! She'll make you laugh out loud, and at times gasp at what obscenities come out of her mouth. She captains the ship of t [...]

    22. In the world of The Deathsniffer’s Assistant everybody is categorized once they’re 19. That means their magical powers get awakened. These powers can appear in a wide variety of forms: Lifeknitters can find injuries and know what they have to do to heal them. Truthsniffers know when they’re being lied to. Worldcatchers are skilled painters. Heartreaders can read other people’s emotions…It’s logical, yet also has a creepy dystopian touch that your category (and how strong your power i [...]

    23. Things I liked:The author introduces her world with such confidence and subtly that you feel like you're diving back into a series rather than reading the first book. There's worldbuilding throughout the story, characters introduced in intriguing ways that hint at more to come. There are platonic friendships between men and women (fuck yEs), sibling protectiveness, badass ladies in charge, mentions of sexuality that i imagine will be fleshed out throughout the rest of the series, and side storie [...]

    24. The Deathsniffer’s Assistant is a very promising start to a series by a debut author. It’s a fantasy mystery story set in a semi-Victorian world with a fairly unique magical system. I’m docking it half a star for a spoiler near the end, but other wise it easily would have gotten four.Chris Buckley’s a nineteen year old orphan trying to raise his sister among the decaying remnants of the family estate. With the country’s ongoing economic problems, he has difficulty finding a job until h [...]

    25. I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My honest recommendation is thus: Buy it if you're interested in fantasy (especially "fantasy of manners"), mysteries, stories with deep and complex worldbuilding and magic systems, or any combination of these. I adore this book."The Deathsniffer's Assistant" by Kate McIntyre is a fantastic mystery set in an Edwardian realm where magic is dying. Years after the crash of the Floating Castle killed hundreds in a case [...]

    26. This novel had excellent ratings but I really had to push myself to get through it. The concept was really interesting. It was an alternate universe where everyone is categorized and have special talents. They also trap spirits and creatures to work for them. However they did not spend long explaining everything and it was confusing. The novel would have been so much better if they went into detail. The heart of the novel is about Chis who goes to work for a deathsniffer who tries to find murder [...]

    27. I'm not a mystery reader, they frustrate me, but this was recommended to me so I gave it a shot. As with most mysteries this one frustrated me. I found they ignored clear and obvious clues for what felt like an age, and the author held back key world information to help hide how the murderer did it. I can't say I particularly liked any of the characters, but I am curious enough about William and Chris to want to know more there. The rest of them bugged me, to be frank. That all being said, the w [...]

    28. I wanted to like this bookbut about 25% of the way through it, I gave up. I like the creative concepts, but the author keeps the reader too much in the dark on too many aspects for too long. Not a fulfilling light read- moving on.

    29. ~Disclosure: I received a free ARC from the author to write this review~Christopher Buckley is a young man who's spent most of his formative years in a life of upper class privilege, but after a national disaster took the life of his parents he found himself the sole caregiver for his magically inclined younger sister, a dwindling financial situation, and unable to find gainful employment in a nation on the verge of economic collapse. Above all else, Christopher Buckley is boring. In a world whe [...]

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