Review: Flight of the Scarab by Anne Renwick

Posted April 24, 2024 by Jen in Historical Romance, Rating C, Reviews, Romance, Steampunk Fiction Tags: , , , ,

Book cover of Flight of the Scarab by Anne RenwickFlight of the Scarab
Author:
Anne Renwick
Reviewer:
Jen
Rating: C+

What I’m Talking About:

I always love diving into Anne Renwick’s fascinating Elemental Steampunk world. The author blends science and steampunk technology with an adventurous love story. Flight of the Scarab is no different; however, I this time around, I was overwhelmed by the use of scientific terms and technical jargon. Put that together with a fast-paced story with multiple moving parts, and I found myself confused and lost a couple times while reading the story. 

Julia sacrificed her own happiness and feelings for Graham to save her family from debt by marrying Marston. While he isn’t anything special, and he runs her family’s pub into the ground, he mostly leaves her alone. But he’s doing something suspicious, and when she’s approached by the government to spy on her husband, she decides to turn him in. That’s when she finds Marston dead in a cemetery, dressed in ancient Egyptian clothing, and she discovers he long lost love, Graham, is an agent. Together they work to save her reputation and her life.

I adored Graham and his desire to make Julia happy, even when he knew she was unhappily married to another. He is thoughtful and willing to protect her so that she’s not drawn into her husband’s shenanigans. Yet, as soon as he finds out Marston is dead, he wastes no time in proclaiming his true feelings. While I was glad Julia and Graham don’t play games and are straight about their feelings… I didn’t love that they can’t wait to get out of the cemetery where her still-warm husband’s lies dead to start making out. And unfortunately, the science tended to overshadow the lovely second chance romance.

In the end, I wanted to love Flight of the Scarab like I love the rest of this series, but between the biology of fungi, the quickness of the romance, and my own confusion, the story wasn’t all I hoped for. Still, it’s an enjoyable story and a solid addition to the Elemental Steampunk world.

My Rating: C+
Jen

About the Book:

A clockwork scarab. A fairy ring. A chance to reignite the past.

When Julia Marston stumbles upon her estranged husband’s lifeless body in a cemetery at dawn, she trips and falls into a fairy ring of softly glowing mushrooms. In the eerie silence, a glinting clockwork scarab takes flight. Has her husband’s dark past as an antiquities smuggler finally caught up to him? Will it shatter her present?

Enter Graham Leyton, a man on a mission to retrieve stolen technology. Equally shocked at her husband’s death, he can’t help but ponder the possibility of a second chance with the woman he never stopped loving. But the crime scene presents a grim revelation. A once mutual friend, now consumed by his obsession with Julia, has reprogrammed the clockwork creature for a sinister murder.

As the race to capture the clockwork scarab unfolds, the past and present collide in a whirlwind of deceit and longing, hurtling toward a confrontation that will define their future.

Release Date: April 9, 2024
Publisher:
self-published
Series:
An Elemental Steampunk Tale #7; Elemental Steampunk World
Genre:
Steampunk Romance, Historical
Format(s):
paperback (248 pages), e-book
Book Source: Author

Purchase Info:
Amazon (affiliate link)

Reviews in the Series:
The Golden Spider by Anne Renwick (Elemental Steampunk Chronicles #1) – Audiobook Review
The Silver Skull by Anne Renwick (Elemental Steampunk Chronicles #2) – Audiobook Review
A Trace of Copper by Anne Renwick (Elemental Steampunk Tale #1; Elemental Steampunk World #2.6) – Audiobook Review
The Iron Fin by Anne Renwick (Elemental Steampunk Chronicles #3) – Audiobook Review
In Pursuit of Dragons by Anne Renwick (Elemental Steampunk Tale #2; Elemental Steampunk World #3.5) – Audiobook Review
A Reflection of Shadows by Anne Renwick (Elemental Steampunk Tale #3; Elemental Steampunk World #3.6) – Audiobook Review
A Snowflake at Midnight by Anne Renwick (Elemental Steampunk Tale #4; Elemental Steampunk World #3.7) – Audiobook Review
Venomous Secrets by Anne Renwick (Elemental Steampunk Chronicles #4) – Audiobook Review
A Ghost in Amber by Anne Renwick (Elemental Steampunk Tale #5; Elemental Steampunk Chronicles #4.5)Audiobook Review
A Whisper of Bone by Anne Renwick (Elemental Steampunk Tale #6) – Audiobook Review