She does not know how to handle everything and whatever she does, people around her die and the situation only gets worse each time. The characters are rich and complex from the loathsome Pierce to the dashing Captain Dashwood. When she is attacked by pirates, Elle makes some life altering choices and major mistakes. She has a huge burden to bear and more questions than answers, but she still manages to remain a character who is still growing and, is therefore, interesting to read. Elle's obsession with bringing back Marsh was a bit annoying at times, though I can't say that I wouldn't have been the same way in her position. However she can no longer ignore all the turmoil and vio lence that dogs her every step. The romance and chemistry between Elle and Dashwood was fantastic.
Elle is not your stereotypical woman, she doesn't like wearing dresses and she'd much rather be chartering flights. Filled with globe-trotting adventure and romance, this series follows spunky heroine Elle as this time around she travels to the far reaches of the jungles of Cambodia in search of a way to break the curse placed on her beloved Hugh who is trapped between the realm of Light and Shadow, forced to wonder as a wraith in the dark recesses of the Netherworld. Despite wanting to get his vengeance on Elle, he agrees to help her, believing she knows the way to an enormous treasure. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. When Water Lily is threatened by pirates, Elle will have to channel all her power as the Oracle--the keeper of the barrier between the two Realms--to try to save what she loves most. She's never stopped looking for some way for them to be reunited, expanding her search by taking on dangerous jobs no other pilot dares.
But that's not all that's different about Elle, she's also the Oracle. This series had so much potential at first, and the last book was certainly intriguing with its clockwork monsters mixing with shadow magic, but sadly everything good and original about it seems to have gone. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat. In the End The Chronicles of Light series continues to be a fun hit with this reader as Warlocks, Vampires, and Fae intermingle with Steampunk airships and fun gadgets, and a destined romance between Marsh and Elle. If you have not read the other two books I recommend you do that as they are important parts of this story. With the number of unusual choices and extraordinary events in this installment of the series one might expect it to be the final chapter of Elle's story, but that isn't the case.
Patrice was a good villain, and he's all kinds of messed up. Dashwood was a fantastic hero. Liesel Schwarz, a lifelong fan of nineteenth-century Gothic literature, is a hopeless romantic who loves Victorians, steampunk, fairies, fantasy monsters, the fin de siècle, and knowing the correct way to drink absinthe. Sky Pirates is the third book in Liesel Schwarz's series The Chronicles of Light and Shadow and continues to be an entertaining read with a touch of Steampunk and Paranormal that keeps things fun and interesting. The pirates are led by an old acquaintance, none other than Captain Dashwood, who previously lost his airship to Elle. I'm excited to see what she'll come up with next. This book reminds me a lot of the first book in the series, with lots of piloting and some pointed exchanges between Elle and the captain.
I didn't like the portions of the book told from Patrice's view that much he is the resident bad guy , but they were necessary to the story. He may infuriate her, but there's no denying her attraction to him. I must admit that in spite of the second book being a big disappointment and this third volume is shaping up as yet another and not the last one and especially the main protagonist is a girl I hated, this book is not so bad. Elle's husband Hugh is lost in the netherworld and presumed dead. Enclosed by Logan on his airship, Elle will have no choice but to agree to participate in the life of the crew while waiting to find a way to escape. Just the right amount top create an interesting atmosphere I thought the first book had too many details and descriptions in it.
But can either of these men cope with the powerful force that is Elle Chance? I am looking forward to reading more about this little love triangle between the three. I am anxious to return to this fascinating world. The plot is fast paced and filled with action to keep the reader engaged. With her husband, Hugh Marsh, missing in the netherworld and presumed dead, Elle Chance loses herself in the task at hand: piloting the airship Water Lily on commissions across the globe. And of course who will survive the coming battle is a mystery, particularly since Elle is starting think everyone would simply be safer if she'd just allow herself to be locked up all alone in a cave - the Warlock Council's original plan.
Elle couldn't be less interested in the traditional role as power source for the Council. It lost the book 1 star. Elle is a fantastic character to read about. And it mixes a thrill-a-minute page-turning plot with a genuinely moving love story. But nothing will happen as planned, and Logan could also complicate matters. The book is left at a point where there is plenty of opportunity for continuation and I truly hope that this is the case. She uses what she has at her disposal to get what she wants and feels bad after the fact.
And it mixes a thrill-a-minute page-turning plot with a genuinely moving love story. After reading this one, that's good news. Her first adventure takes her to Egypt, where she meets a female archeologist who shares with her the story of Angkor Wat and raises Elle's hopes that Hugh might be saved. She pulls out her Colt 1878 Frontier revolver. She is kick-ass and determined. I know Marsh was cursed to become a wraith in the last book, so could be expected to be absent, but no Adele, no Loisa, just Elle wandering around making stupid mistake after stupid decision, with great chunks of the story taking place on a skyship where nothing happens.
The last half of the book flew by, and I liked the ending. It was interesting to see things from his perspective, showing how awful he was. What I enjoyed the most were the dialogues between Elle and Dashwood, and the new friends she made among his crew. Elle is an airship captain and grieving the recent loss of her husband. And then we have … Logan, the captain pirate who kidnaps her. But as it turns out, her beloved is very much alive—the once-powerful warlock reduced to a wraith.
She adventures through deserts and jungles in a desperate effort to find a way to return her husband Marsh to the realm I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley. As in the previous books, a lot of the time is spent travelling. Elle has lost her husband. Oh yes, because Hugh has disappeared without a trace and Chance must now try to find out what she wants to do with her life. Rotgut was also a type of alcohol that was used to preserve bodies so that medical schools could have cadavers to work.