{Book Review} Corsets and Crossbows: A Drake Chronicles Novella (# 0.1) by Alyxandra Harvey

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{Book Review} Corsets and Crossbows: A Drake Chronicles Novella (# 0.1) by Alyxandra HarveyCorsets and Crossbows by Alyxandra Harvey
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on March 13th 2012
Genres: General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 83
Amazon three-half-stars
Rosalind Wild thinks it's time for the Helios-Ra to give full membership and recognition to the female descendants of the society-after all, it is 1816 and it's time to make room for new traditions. When Rosalind interrupts a plot to assassinate the leader of the Helios-Ra, she sees an opportunity to prove her worth. But she never expected the assassin to be someone so irresistible, and off-limits. Written as a series of letters to a close confidante, this exciting e-novella gives a glimpse of the early days of the vampire hunting society as seen through the eyes of Hunter Wild's feisty ancestor.

Before the infamous Drakes, before Helios Ra even allowed women to formally train, Rosalind Wild writes to her friend Evangeline about her busy life of hunting vampires. A novella told through a series of one-sided letters, Harvey offers a quick look into life before the infamous prophecy that hung over Solange Drake’s head. Rosalind has her own secrets to tell, and maybe Helios Ra has always been as corrupt as it appears to be.

 “Surely a spot of blackmail and bribery is all right, under the circumstances. One does what one must when one hunts vampires.”

Rosalind Wild only wanted to be accepted for what she truly was: a vampire hunter. But hunting vampires didn’t receive the same merit being a woman as opposed to being a man. Rosalind was headstrong and determined, just like many of the female leads that Harvey pushes to the forefront of her novels. In 1815, that was a trait that remained hidden, not flaunted, which supported the format of the story. Just like I imagined Evangeline would have done, I created my own responses to every event, not necessarily agreeing with all of Rosalind’s choices.

The romance that Rosalind mentioned in the novella was not one of my favorites, and it didn’t seem as strong as some of the others that are connected to this series. However, it did have it’s shinning moments.

Corsets and Crossbows is a quick enjoyable read, and like the other novellas associated with The Drake Chronicles, added to the story.

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About Alyxandra Harvey


Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.

Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with three dogs and her husband. She likes chai lattes, tattoos, and books.

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