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Review: The Lazarus Machine (Tweed & Nightingale Adventures #1) by Paul Crilley

Review: The Lazarus Machine (Tweed & Nightingale Adventures #1) by Paul CrilleyThe Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley
Series: Tweed & Nightingale Adventures #1
Published by: Prometheus Books-Pyr on 11-06-2012
Genres: Science Fiction, Steampunk, YA
Pages: 280
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

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About the Book:

An alternate 1895... a world where Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace perfected the Difference engine. Where steam and tesla-powered computers are everywhere. Where automatons powered by human souls venture out into the sprawling London streets. Where the Ministry, a secretive government agency, seeks to control everything in the name of the Queen.

It is in this claustrophobic, paranoid city that seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed and his conman father struggle to eke out a living.

But all is not well...

A murderous, masked gang has moved into London, spreading terror through the criminal ranks as they take over the underworld. as the gang carves up more and more of the city, a single name comes to be uttered in fearful whispers.

Professor Moriarty.

When Tweed’s father is kidnapped by Moriarty, he is forced to team up with information broker Octavia Nightingale to track him down. But he soon realizes that his father’s disappearance is just a tiny piece of a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire and plunge the world into a horrific war.









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The Lazarus Machine is a very interesting Steampunk mystery.

Overall the book was filled with fun and excitement, as well as mystery.  It drew me in and definitely had some parts I didn’t see coming.

I liked the world that Crilley has built.  I think it is a great set up for future novels.  Not only more about the main characters, Tweed and Nightingale, but for other characters that were introduced as well.  As for the steampunk creations that populate his world they are intriguing without being overly complicated.


I loved the characters.  Sebastian and Octavia are a great pair. They come from two different levels of society and it is interesting to see how they work together.   Also while the opportunity for romance is surely there, this is not a romance novel, and I think the story benefited from not delving to deep into that part of their relationship.  The supporting characters are a treat as well. They story doesn’t delve too deeply into some of the other characters past but they are still hold their own within the lives of the main characters. I would hope that they appear in more books about Sebastian and Octavia.

***Spoiler Alert***Even while the technology wasn’t too complicated there were a few things that I wondered about.  The main thing was about Sebastian himself.  (This is where the spoilerage comes in so don’t say I didn’t warn you.)  In the beginning of the story Sebastian has memories of when he was younger, yet later on things come to light that make it impossible for him to have had those memories.   It bothered me a bit because it was never explained.  Maybe it is something that will happen in later novels? ***End Spoiler Alert*** 


The other items that bothered me where along similar lines, but nothing nearly as major and could easily be written off or outright ignored.


Even with the issues I had with the book I still really enjoyed it.  Not only was there the mystery of Octavia and Tweed’s missing parents, but there were other mysteries as well that the author was able to weave into his story that made it that much more interesting.  I would definitely recommend The Lazarus Machine as a great new summer mystery to pick up and I’m giving it 4 out of 5 controllers.



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About Paul Crilley

Paul Crilley was born in Scotland but moved to South Africa when he was eight years old. He writes fantasy, Young Adult, and Middle Grade books and also works in South African television. He spent a year as part of the writing team for the computer game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and also writes comics when he can get a chance.

The Invisible Order Book One: Rise of the Darklings comes out in September 2010 from Egmont USA. The sequel, The Fire King came out in 2011. His new YA series, “The Tweed and Nightingale Adventures”, kicks off in November 2012 with “The Lazarus Machine”.