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This was wonderful fun. Except for that, it couldn't be much more different from its predecessor. It's much lighter and quicker than Daphne; whereas that was like an illuminated manuscript of a fairy tale, this is a present-day steampunk This was my second LibraryThing Member Giveaway by Joss Llewelyn; the first, Daphne and the Silver Ash , was so good I pounced on this the moment I saw it. It's much lighter and quicker than Daphne; whereas that was like an illuminated manuscript of a fairy tale, this is a present-day steampunk extravaganza, and a joy.
Zelda, a young entrepreneur, begins the book by robbing the Smithsonian. It becomes obvious pretty quickly that this is not an ordinary heist — this is my first experience of steampunk in the present day as opposed to the 19th century , and the integration is beautifully done. The gadgets are clever, both in concept and name: It's a pity no one made or used Callahan's Razor, based on Callahan's Law: "Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased—thus do we refute entropy. Sep 24, Annette rated it liked it. Zelda Pryce: The Razor's Edge is a creative delight, full of strange devices and a perky main character that is hard not to love.
Zelda is a teen genius. She's a geometrix, which means she creates arcane objects to help her in her security business. She hires herself to museums to try to steal objects to test and improve security. The book starts out with a bang, as Zelda is in the Smithsonian trying to steal a couple of very important arcane artifacts. She's successful, and feels that her busines Zelda Pryce: The Razor's Edge is a creative delight, full of strange devices and a perky main character that is hard not to love. She's successful, and feels that her business is off to a great start, especially when she receives a letter from the British Museum wanting to hire her.
She takes the British job, but things don' t turn out as she expects. She ends up racing all over Europe trying to save her reputation while also saving the world from a mad librarian who has a dastardly plan that I won't go into because it would be a spoiler. And yes, I did say "librarian.
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Zelda Pryce has a breakneck pace that took my breath away. I really liked Zelda as a character, and felt sorry for her every time she was duped or in danger which seemed to happen quite a bit. She did get some help from others, and those secondary characters were well done too. And, in case it's important to you, one of those secondary characters offers a hint of romance.
While there are some tense moments, for the most part the book is lighthearted and not to be taken too seriously. Llewelyn is crazily creative. The arcane devices he comes up with are entertaining and clever. I just wish there were more explanation of them. There's a glossary at the end of the book, which explains where each of the device names comes from. You see, they are named after famous people, mostly scientists but not all of them Jimi Hendrix! I would have liked to be able to flip to this during my reading, but that's one of the disadvantages of an ebook.
I got most of the references, but I think many people, especially the YA audience, will not understand most of them. I was familiar with Occam's Razor as a concept. The fact that it and a bunch of other razors is a real tangible object really confused me at first. I needed some explanation at the beginning. I felt plopped into a world that seemed familiar, but there was much I didn't understand. I also wish there were more explanation of the political climate. When I marched at university and fought the police in the riots, they fought back with Crabtree Bludgeons, torturing the students.
Geometers and alchemists, graphologers and actuaries, all coordinated by State astrologers to oppress the working classes, the poor, the young, and the foreigners. I would have liked to know more, and sooner, so that I could get a feel for world. Zelda Pryce is entertaining, even at face value, without know anything about arcane objects and the state of the world.
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I mean, Zelda can fly. Who cares why they are called "Hypatian Wings. Who cares how her Faraday Cloak works, and why it's called that. But, it's also fun to figure those things out. Zelda Pryce is a quick, entertaining read, and for most young people will offer superficial entertainment. For those interested in science and scientists, Zelda Price can offer a much richer experience. The first book in the Zelda Pryce series. Zelda Pryce is a geomatrix and a security consultant. She uses arcane science to create devices which looks like magic to the untrained people. Her first job is to break in to the Smithsonian and take the Nicomac The first book in the Zelda Pryce series.
Her first job is to break in to the Smithsonian and take the Nicomachean whistle. She has built anti-gravity wings with allows her to fly and Theodore Key which opens any door. Zelda is thrilled and accepts the offer. However, during the job, everything starts to go wrong.
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For one thing, another person is burglaring the Museum at the same time. Someone has conned Zelda and Clive into robbing the Museum for real. Zelda is furious and wants to catch the person responsible. In a book geared toward the romance readers, Zelda and Clive would be chasing the con artist around the world with sexual tension rising. But in this book yay!
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Zelda teams up with the French agent Yasmin Demir. Yasmin is pretty much a lone agent but she adjusts well to working with Zelda and I enjoyed their team-up. They talk on the phone often, even when Zelda is on the job. Yasmin is a more reserved person. In contrast, Clive is the suave and charming thief. The world feels very much like our own with cell phones and the internet but with some strange objects which are really fun. The pace is quick and takes Zelda and her friends to various places around the world, which was fun, too.
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While the items might feel like fantasy, Zelda is adamant that they are scientific and not magic at all. Mar 17, Angie rated it it was amazing. There are strange devices all over the place, but they are in no way what I would call clockwork. This book is loaded with weird terms, and even stranger things.
It was a little hard to get used to it all, but once I let go of the fact that everything seemed super crazy which I should have before I even started the read, I mean it is fantasy it was a lot of fun to read. Thing are explained to you so it makes it easier to grasp. The entire beginning of this book was so fun. I can honestly say I have never read anything that had to do with what this one did. This is full on brand new. The author put a lot of thought into everything, and made sure to explain everything so nothing is confusing. It had to be so much fun to think these things up.
This book is very fast paced. There is no slowing down once the action get started, and you pretty much follow Zelda all over Europe in a few days. I would have liked to take my time with this book but the way everything moved I couldn't help but read it fast. Everything stayed pretty realistic in the moving around area as well, airport visits, rented cars, etc. Zelda is great, and I really love her personality.
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I love her relationship with her sister. I liked this book so much that I looked to see if there was a second one right after I finished it, thankfully there is. Would I recommend this book? Yes, I really enjoyed it. Aug 04, Mandy rated it really liked it Shelves: first-in-series , fantasy , owned-books. The book is about Zelda Pryce a 19 year old security expert who doesn't use the typical tools of the trade. Zelda breaks into her favorite museum the Smithsonian to take a obtain a few things as a test.
She is then hired to break into a British museum but learns that she wasn't hired by the museum but by a thief. Not wanting to ruin her reputation in the security business she sets out to find the real thief. She teams up with two people on her adventure Clive and Yasmin who each bring something different to the group.
The trio travel around Europe chasing after the real thief to clear her name and stop her from changing the future forever. They travel to different countries even visiting the dungeons of Castle Frankenstein in their quest. The book is full of adventure, with a twist of magic along the lines of Arcane Science. I really enjoyed the story it's fast paced and pull me right in.
It sounds like your typical cat and mouse almost but there is the unique added alchemy and Arcane Science which take to a whole new level. I found Zelda very likable because even when things got tough she thought about her sister. I really like her character as a whole, she reminds me of a female bond because of her toys. I like that the book has a little bit of fantasy along with the story.
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