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Thursday, June 5, 2014


Title: A Matter of Temperance
Author: Ichabod Temperance
Genre: Steampunk Romance
Date Published: April 17, 2013

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In a past that never was...

The year is 1869. Earth experiences the close pass of a comet never before seen. In its wake, many of Terra's inhabitants find themselves changed. Among men, prodigies rise in unprecedented numbers, while many ordinary adults suddenly find themselves possessed of preternatural genius. Likewise, non-hominid animals become self-aware and intelligent.

Fast forward to 1875. A young “comet prodigy” from humble beginnings, Ichabod Temperance, has become the world's foremost inventor. He travels to England to deliver his latest brilliant invention to a famous explorer, until Fate intervenes. Meanwhile, a lovely young Bluestocking, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, survives an experimental accident only to find herself imbued with a power she can neither understand nor control, while dark forces and malevolent creatures pursue her, leaving a gruesome wake of death.

Yet, worse is to come. The naïve young inventor and the lovely intellectual find themselves fighting not only to save their own lives, but to prevent the destruction of all life on Earth.

A Fire Fairy Review

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

A Matter of Temperance is the first steampunk book I've read. I actually avoided this genre because I had a feeling that I wouldn't enjoy it.

Imagine my surprise when I read this delightful novel. It may not be my comfort genre but I was really entertained by Ichabod and Persephone's adventures.

A Matter Of Temperance is a story set in the late 1800s, where the Revelatory Comet has just passed Earth, leaving behind enhanced talents to prodigies in all fields. One of them is our hero, Ichabod Temperance. He travelled to England to meet with a famous explorer who's about to purchase his prized invented goggles. But things didn't go well between him and the vile explorer so the deal was off. One night he sees the beautiful Persephone Plumtartt being chased by an invisible monster and he came to her rescue. Using his goggles he sees the abomination and saves Ms. Plumtartt. And the rest is a history of adventures across the globe.

I like the fact that the story is on dual POV. I especially enjoy reading Ichabod's thoughts. He was such a nice gentleman and I can't help but like his charming personality. I also enjoy the humorous bits added by the author, especially the use of sound effects (!plinck!) inside his mind. It was just funny.
Persephone's POV is darker and gives the story a more serious side. Persephone's character is a strong woman, who knows when to use her brain and beauty to their advantage, even if Ichabod doesn't like it. Yep, she uses her charming beauty for some small favors (nothing scandalous, mind you).

The overall story was good. I especially enjoyed their travels from one country to another. The author's style made the gore scenes less terrifying. If the book had a more serious tone in it, the story would have been in the horror genre. Really, some scenes should have been disgusting and scary but it wasn't.

As much as I enjoyed most parts of the book, I had a hard time reading through some pages because of too many technical terms. The book was so wordy that it became tedious to read through some pages. I'm not sure I even understand them myself. Other than that, this is a good book all in all.

If you haven't tried reading Steampunk yet, this is a good book to start with. Just make sure you have some dictionary handy beside you. I'm giving A Matter of Temperance 4 fairy wings for the wonderful adventure and the new world it has shown me. I definitely recommend this to Steampunk fans and to those who want to try the said genre.It's a book worth reading!


  1. Thank you Fire Fairy for the kind review!
    By the way,
    I am Ichabod Temperance, not Ichabod Crane,
    though i am almost as good looking as the character on 'Sleepy Hollow'.
    Just kidding! He is way more handsome than I will ever be!
    Thanks again for reading my adventure.
    Your pal,
    ~Ichabod Temperance.

  2. Sorry about that! I was actually musing about the other Ichabod while writing the review. I guess it was a Freudian Slip. I hope you didn't get offended.
    And I'm sure your'e more, more charming than Mr. Crane. ;)