Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story Book Review


 Title: Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story

Author: Pauline Creeden

Genre: Steampunk

Publisher: AltWit Press

Release Date: October 28, 2014

Format: Kindle/paperback

Pages: 304 pages

About the Book:

This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel – all four parts of the serial in one volume!

Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.

Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.

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My Review:

I love steampunk novels, but have only read a few of them.  In my opinion,  it is very difficult to write a believable steampunk world.

Pauline Creeden has pulled it off in Chronicles of Steele: Raven:The Complete Story. Not only was the story believable, but I felt like I was right in the middle of it.  I could see the zeppelin overhead and feel the steam from the mechanical horses.

The introductions to each chapter were fascinating, much like a compassionate version of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.  Here’s the intro to Chapter One of Episode 3:

Remain open minded.

Watch for change in both people and environs.

When things do not go as expected, be willing to change one’s expectations.

I enjoyed watching Raven mature as she tried to complete her final redemption and  learned the truth about herself, her history and her friends and enemies.  The book is a fun and adventurous read, but also inspiring and thought-provoking.  I think this would be a great story for the whole family to enjoy!!

I give Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story five stars!!  A must read!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review through Promotional Book Tours.  All opinions are 100% my own.

About the Author:

Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

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Chicken Pasta Stew Recipe

chicken pasta stew recipeNot much is more comforting on a chilly fall evening than a big bowl of chicken soup.  It’s not just the warmth and flavors that feel good.  It’s also gentle on upset tummies.

Bud came down with a sinus infection the other day a few days after he got food poisoning.  Antibiotics tend to be problematic on sensitive stomachs, so the doctor put Bud on a bland diet for the next couple of weeks.  Of course, chicken was the first thing we thought of.  Willow had this amazing recipe for chicken pasta stew.  It’s hearty but still soothing and feeds a large family for one night or one sickly teenager for a few days.

Chicken Pasta Stew Recipe


2 cups each celery, potatoes, carrots, sliced

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast,  cut into bite-size pieces

1-2 tsp. lemon pepper

zest  of half a lemon

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion, minced

1/2 tsp. thyme

1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/8 tsp. salt

1 1/2 to 2 qts. chicken broth

2 cups collezioni  (also known as gnocchetti)

shredded Parmesan cheese, to  taste


In a large pot, saute’ garlic and onions in 1-2 Tbsp.butter, over medium heat, until translucent.

Add carrots, saute’ for five minutes.  Add potatoes  and continue saute’ing for five more minutes.  Add celery, chicken and all seasonings and continue to saute’  for an additional five minutes.

Add chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Add pasta and cook  for 14 minutes,  or according to pasta package directions.

Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

chicken pasta stew recipeEnjoy!!!