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In steam age America, men, monsters, machines and magic battle to claim the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, one man fights to hold on to his humanity--and his honor. . . Life on the frontier is full of deceit and danger, but bounty hunter Cedar Hunt is a man whose word is his bond. Cursed with becoming a beast every full moon, Cedar once believed his destiny waIn steam age America, men, monsters, machines and magic battle to claim the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, one man fights to hold on to his humanity--and his honor. . . Life on the frontier is full of deceit and danger, but bounty hunter Cedar Hunt is a man whose word is his bond. Cursed with becoming a beast every full moon, Cedar once believed his destiny was to be alone. But now, Cedar finds himself saddled with a group of refugees, including the brother he once thought lost.Keeping his companions alive is proving to be no easy task, in part because of the promise he made to the unpredictable Madder brothers—three miners who know the secret mechanisms of the Strange. To fulfill his pledge, Cedar must hunt a powerful weapon known as the Holder—a search that takes him deep into the savage underbelly of the young country and high into the killing glim-field skies defended by desperate men and deadly ships.But the battles he faces are just a glimmer of a growing war stirring the country. To keep his word Cedar must navigate betrayal, lies, and treacherous alliances, risking everything to save the lives of those he has come to hold dear…...

Title : Tin Swift
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ISBN : 9780451464538
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Number of Pages : 369 Pages
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Tin Swift Reviews

  • Audrey
    2019-05-16 17:13

    So perilously, perilously close to being a five-star book. So close.Let's start with how this book opens in the super-fun part of Happily Ever After, namely the bit that comes after that, when everything's gone to hell. I LOVE THIS. AUTHORS: DO MORE OF THIS.No wait, let's start with how this book was everything I really wanted Bioshock: Infinite to be that it wasn't. I really felt some strong parallels between Booker DeWitt and Cedar Hunt, and Alabaster Saint and Zachary Comstock, and the whole corrupt-general-looking-for-post-Civil-War-revenge portion of the game.And the airships! The airships are wonderful. They are probably my favorite airships ever, due in no small part to the sheer technical excellence of Monk's writing ("The ship's frame screeched under the strain of the dive, her tin bones singing out like a hundred wet fingers over fine crystal"), and how lyrically and extensively they are described. Let us pause here now for the wanton Thank You For Awesome Worldbuilding Dance.*shimmies*And just like in the first book, randomly lovely details appear unexpectedly but consistently, now with the added bonus of Captain Hink, who is hilarious. There is also a scene I am not going to spoil for you, but will simply say that it seemed an entirely accurate portrayal of what happens when a hero tries to get his swerve on while the rest of his airship crew is trying to sleep in the same room. The disconnect between the steampunk Western and the dark fairy stories I felt in the first book don't appear in this one, mainly because the steampunk Western section has clobbered the fairy story into submission. The fairies kind of do their dark and evil thing around the edges of this great big glorious steampunk Western with AIRSHIPS, which I don't think I mentioned that I loved more than a day off, because I am very picky about my AIRSHIPS and having thought it over these are definitely my favorite AIRSHIPS ever.I did kind of wish that the Madder brothers had had a larger role in the story, and I did object to a major impetus of the story being a thing that happened to one of the characters that I am only going to say HOY, ICEBOX (aka Booker, Catch!) at, which is why we are not seeing our elusive special friend Mr Fifth Star here. But seriously, there is so much *zzzzzip bang! whoosh!* here, and so much action and adventure (AIRSHIPS!) and so many beautiful things that I am hard-pressed to complain.*recommences worldbuilding dance*

  • Timothy Boyd
    2019-05-01 22:13

    I enjoy a good western. I love SiFi. I am beginning to read Steampunk SiFi and really liking it. I occasionally enjoy a good supernatural/horror story. This series does all that for me. A superb blending of all these different story types. Good solid entertaining read with interesting characters and story line. Very recommended

  • Arnaud
    2019-05-02 18:09

    Okay, it could have been less than 5 stars due to what feels like a rushed end... However, the action and writing was so intense in the last 80 pages or so that it got me hooked to all characters and I can't wait to read the last volume! Goodreads once again :-)

  • Marcia
    2019-05-07 15:14

    Another 5-star Roller Coaster Ride from Devon Monk! Is Tin Swift great literature? Nah. But is it a whole lotta fun, written well, developed well, and filled with excitement, cover to cover? Yep! If anything, Tin Swift is even better than the first book of this series, Dead Iron, so it gets a full 5 stars from me for pure entertainment value.Again, the setting is an alternate steampunk version of America and the westward expansion, as it never was, of course, but as it is cleverly re-imagined to have been. The book begins with the same group of players from Dead Iron, on their journey to take the witch, Mae, back to her coven who are calling (forcing) her home through some pretty wicked mind games that nearly destroy her. This doesn’t sit well with our hero, Cedar Hunt, who is definitely sweet on Mae. And their journey is made even harder by the evil Mr. Shunt, who has managed to pull himself back together–literally, with needle and thread–in order to chase them down and wreak havoc at every turn. (Did I mention that Mr. Shunt is one of the scariest Bad Guys I’ve ever read about? Geesh, he makes me shiver!)Battles and drama ensue, and new characters are introduced, all with a flair for pulling readers into this world. Devon Monk has a way with words that I really enjoy. She often uses very elegant phrasing to describe the most ordinary of things. Height: “Hink scraped up a full six foot, three inches, and had shoulders that took the sides off doorways if he wasn’t mindful.” Daybreak: “Dawn had taken the bruise off the night…” The sky: “Morning had chalked clouds across the sky.” I purely love unexpected phrases of this nature, so the book gets an extra point for that style of writing alone.If you are only familiar with Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series, you might be very surprised with this one. I read the first Beckstrom book and was pretty much “Meh,” about it, myself, though it seems to have a very big following. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t think the book was bad, or anything. More that it was something I just wasn’t compelled to pursue, and there were a few things in it really annoyed me, though that was more to do with the premise of the book and rules regulating magic, than poor writing. The Age of Steam series, however, shows a completely different side of Monk’s writing skills. Her voice is stronger, her prose more eloquent, and the excitement and pacing much, much better. At least in my opinion, which I get to express here, because hey…my blog. ;) If you want your rip-roaring adventures to coincide with some well-developed characters and thoughtful relationships, this series is loads of fun. I was so impressed with Dead Iron that I ordered Twin Swift and Cold Copper at the same time, and have just started the latter. When I finish that one, I suspect I’m going to be very antsy for the next in the series to be made available. The Age of Steam is completely addictive! Bookin' It

  • Erinn M
    2019-05-20 18:31

    http://geekgirlconfidential.wordpress...I don't remember why I picked up the first book in this series (Dead Iron) most likely read a favorable review. Unfortunately after finishing I didn't write a full review (a fact that I am lamenting) but I gave it 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads. I enjoyed it enough that I purchased this book and it sat unread on my bookshelf for maybe a year and a half while I worked my way through my daunting pile of to-reads. Well, I finally got around to reading it and I burned through it in less then a day.Devon Monk has created a steam driven America, where the wild west is full of the men who want power, power over glim, and power over the nation. Cedar Hunt, a man cursed by the Pawnee Indians to hunt the land as both man and beast for the strange, is on the trail from Oregon to Kansas. Along with his brother Will, the Madder Brothers, Rose Small, and Mae Lindson, Cedar finds himself in an airship chase linked to revenge, the mysterious Holder device, and an old enemy that stinks of the strange.This is a world where one of the most expensive and rare items, glim, is harvested from the sky. Glim has the ability to power matics, heal the sick, and it has even been known to lengthen ones life span. But it is a very rare and difficult item to harvest, the control of which is a continual battle amongst the air pirates, each trying to find their own bountiful prospect.This series is a well written mesh of genres; two cursed brothers who shift between man and wolf form, a witch who must return to her coven before their charms drive her to insanity, the reanimation of the dead, airships devised for harvesting glim fully equipped with cannons and huge steam boilers, and the horror of a creature that can repair himself and mend men using body parts taken from the dead.Monk is able to make these all work together to create a story that is filled with a fast paced adventure. Monk gives the reader information inline with the action, there’s no pause for plot creation or information dumps which gets the reader quickly through this 360+ page book.There were so many good things about this book, my only disappointments were the lack of the Madder brothers and having the Holder be a secondary plot point; after learning about the mysterious weapon in the first book I had hoped for more.Monk uses this volume to expand her world and add in additional characters. There was a larger focus on the addition of the new characters and two romantic relationships over character development. Specifically, the curse on Cedar and his brother Wil is only lightly addressed, but I did enjoy that the struggle Cedar has with the internal 'beast' was a theme carried throughout.If you're into steampunk and enjoy a quick entertaining read this is a good series to pick up; best start with Dead Iron however.

  • AH
    2019-05-23 23:08

    Steampunk, Airships, The Wild West, The Strange, werewolves and magic. I love this series!When I read Dead Iron last year, I was intrigued by the author’s original mix of steampunk, the Wild West, magic, and werewolves. The result was a fantastic action-packed novel. Upon finishing Dead Iron I immediately pre-ordered Tin Swift. Unfortunately, real life happens and the book sat on top of my to-read mountain of books for a while. I’m sorry I did that because Tin Swift was a most enjoyable read for me. Tin Swift was totally worth the wait. Again, the reader is treated to a steampunk world full of airships powered by glim and other clockwork contraptions. The Wild West setting adds a lawless, anything goes feel to the book. Very strange magic comes from the aptly named Strange. A mysterious weapon called The Holder is sought by all parties involved. Add in a witch and a few werewolves and there’s the making of a unique reading experience. The werewolf lore is fascinating and it comes from a Pawnee Indian curse. The brothers Cedar and Wil Hunt each carry the curse, except that Wil is stuck as a wolf for most of the time, while Cedar only needs to become a wolf at the full moon. Our heroes travel as a group: Cedar and Wil Hunt, the widowed witch Mae Lindson, Rose Small, and the Madder brothers. Cedar must get Mae home to her coven before they drive her mad. On their way, they encounter a small town where all the inhabitants have been killed. When they decide to bury the dead, they realize that they have walked into a trap. The dead rise and give chase. Yes, zombies! Western zombies!Lots of running, lots of chase scenes, lots of Strange! There’s even an amazing airship battle scene. So hairy! And so much fun to read. Of course, we need to talk a little about our villain, because Mr. Shunt is one scary dude. I’m still not sure what he is exactly, but I definitely would not want to meet him. Mr. Shunt is virtually indestructible and has a Dr. Frankenstein talent of being able to repair lost limbs. Our heroes must keep The Holder out of Mr. Shunt’s hands at all costs. Even the dangerous weapon is intriguing. The Holder has been separated into 7 parts. Each part is made out of a different metal. When put together, The Holder has amazing powers. I guess this guarantees that we’ll get at least 5 more books in the series (I hope!). Is there romance in this book? Sure, a little bit. Don’t go reading this if you are expecting a straight romance. This is the Wild West on steampunk. Enjoy the ride.I’m not sure that this series is for everyone – the world is very complex and the books should be read in order. For a different take on steampunk and the paranormal, give this series a try. Personally, I can’t wait for Cold Copper to be published July 2013. Check out this review and more on Badass Book Reviews.

  • Cathy
    2019-05-09 16:19

    3.5 stars. There was a lot to love about this book. It started with what might be the most stunning cover I've ever seen, I really couldn't get enough of looking at it. It's really even better in person than the picture you're seeing on the Internet, especially because the colors are more subtle. I don't know why so many covers get brighter when they're put online by the publishers but this one is much better in in real life, get it and see.And the cover really captures the book, the danger and the adventure, the Old West meets Streampunk nature of the stories, and the ship. The ship the best character in the book, it's no wonder the book is named after her; she was just cool. And her captain, Hink, was a great new character, vivid and bold, almost larger than life, but with a lot of depth developed throughout the book as well.Unfortunately, in contrast the rest of the characters suffered.  Even though Cedar should be the hero and this should be the his book, it felt like he's so freaked out by his situation and holding back his emotions so much that his voice in the story is really passive. He's still just responding to everything that happens to him, demands that are placed upon him. Hink was much more vivid after one chapter than Cedar was after the whole book. Cedar is still the strong, silent type, but as a character in a book that doesn't work so well, I still feel like I don't know him very well. I know some things about him, but I don't know him.And the clever, bold women that I loved so much in the first book were both ill in one way or another throughout this book so much that I barely got any sense of who they were at all. I wanted to see Rose as a hero, devising and fixing things, not waiting around and being hurt. The romance that she got in this book was nice but not what makes Rose so special. And the same with Mae to a degree. While I understand plot-wise why she had to be so driven to get back to Kansas, reading about a strong, clever woman being so lost and confused wasn't that fun. Both woman had their moments in the sun, don't get me wrong, but overall I just missed them. The fun of reading a series is getting to see your favorite characters and mine were out of commission for a lot of this book, weakened or changed so much that they were almost unrecognizable from their normal, vibrant selves. But the ships and the air battles were super cool. Shunt was a really creepy villain, well worth everything Cedar goes through to battle him. Hink and his crew were a great addition to the story. And overall it was just a lot of fun. Plus did I mention that cover? Stunning, just stunning. You can see more of Cliff Nielson's art by clicking here.

  • Suz
    2019-05-21 17:14

    4.5 stars. I liked this one even better than the first. Lots of action, we got to know the characters even more and there was certainly character development, and two budding romances as distant secondary story lines. If I had a negative it would be that I'd like a bit more action on the romance front but the story didn't suffer for the slow pace and lack of detail in that regard.Airships abound in this book and it's great! I love the steampunk elements and lore in this series and how Monk has combined the steam with the magic. I love the way she's woven the magic and supernatural through the lore, even the way the good guys have and use magic is gritty - down and dirty. I loved the dialog in this book. Not only did it afford some wonderful character development but I found myself laughing out loud on more than a few occasions. Monk uses the dialog to help set the world building, the tone of the story, and the period, in an entirely engrossing and believable way that had me giving accents to each character in my head.Although I have other new releases waiting for me I'm going to jump right into book 3, which is the only other one currently out in this series, because it's just that good.

  • Mandy
    2019-05-22 19:07

    I am still firmly on the fence about this series. I was hoping that book two would push me over into the “I love this series!” category. It didn’t.Monk is really good at writing action scenes. They move quickly and are packed full of violence. Just the way I like ‘em. She’s also not afraid to permanently maim or kill her characters. Another trait I appreciate. Another pro is that Monk doesn’t get bogged down in the steampunk aspect of her stories. The steampunk devices just flow naturally throughout the story. However, instead of character development or finally learning characters’ back stories, Monk added new characters. Granted, I liked the new characters better than the original ones, but we need to know Cedar and Wil’s back stories. It’s not suspenseful or mysterious, it’s annoying. Also, there are still huge holes in the world building. Huge holes. Things we need to know to continue believing the story-lines. No matter how much I like battle scenes, this series could really, really, really use some fleshing out. I’m going to read the next one because the library had it, but I’m beginning to lose faith that it’ll be a keeper.

  • Veronica
    2019-04-30 15:29

    Tin Swift picks up a few weeks after the end of the first book. It continues the adventures of Cedar and Company as they trek east, each with their own purposes for doing so. Like book one, Tin Swift continues to tell the story from the third person POV of Cedar, Mae, and Rose however there are some new characters this time around and two of them also get added into the POV mix. The result, sadly (at least for me), is a decrease in the POV chapters from Mae and Rose. One thing that I enjoy about this series is its strong women and I hate to lose any time with them. We do get some exciting airship battles so I can't complain too much. There is some romance but it's not a huge part of the story which worked out fine for me as this is primarily an adventure tale.

  • Lyssa
    2019-05-12 16:21

    I don't know if I am just burnt out from reading too many books in a row but something seemed off about this one. Don't get me wrong, the characters are cool, the villians are evil and disgusting, the world is fascinating etc, etc.. At one point in the story the action takes off and just keeps on going and going and going with these choppily writtent scene. Also, I didn't care for the instalove between Captain Hink and Rose, which wasn't very believable. I don't think I will be continuing on with this series. 3 stars because I still enjoy the characters and premise.

  • L-D
    2019-05-05 21:10

    $9.99 at B&N for eBook!

  • Samie Foster
    2019-04-24 22:19

    A little while ago I read this nutty steampunk pseudo horror mystery western called Dead Iron. And it’s the sort of book that stick in your head just because of the pure raw imagination that went into it. And as I was looking for new book to read, I decided to look into the sequels. So here I am reviewing the second book in The Age of Steam series called Tin Swift by Devon Monk.The book picks up about a month after the first book drops off. Cedar Hunt our werewolf bounty hunter for hire, is traveling with a ragtag group across the western states to Kansas. The goal is to get Mae, who is a witch, to her coven. If they don’t get her there fast enough her brains will be scrambled for good as a broken binding spell between her and her husband is sending her into dementia. The group runs across a town an town. There everyone is dead. It isn’t until its tool late that Cedar realizes the copses are infected with the "Strange," allowing clockwork to grow inside of them. And the dead soon rise with the goal to tear them apart. They fight a noble battle to get out alive and only by dumb luck does an airship fly over and give them a hand. But they do not escape entirely. A member of their group, Rose is critically injured and infected with some of the strange. Also the captain of the ship Marshal Hink, has a number of air pirates chasing him, who want him dead leading to more trouble. Ultimately the two story lines tie together.The good? Imagination is wonderful. There’s nothing else really like it. Between the airship pirate battles, shoot outs, and clockwork living dead abominations, its hard to not appreciate the craziness of it. The story is great.The bad? Devon Monk is a wonderful author where a sparks of imagination surely erupts into wildfires. But she suffers from some problems Frank Beddor had when he wrote the Looking Glass Wars. She’s not very good with detail. Scenes with our clockwork living dead could have been much scarier and downright creepy of there more detail. The action scenes moved quickly jarring the reader to re read parts. And steam punk world need more fleshing out. This was a problem. I hoped she would improve on after book one but sadly didn’t.Overall, it’s a darn good read, but it does have it problem. The lack of detail really does force the reader to full I the blanks here and there. But that is a very small complaint when set against the wildly fun tale here.Overall Rating: Air Pirates, Werewolves, and Clockwork Monsters. Oh my.3 smoothie out of four.

  • Kat
    2019-04-29 17:04

    Basic Plot: Cedar Hunt and company are on the trail of the Holder and find themselves aboard the Tin Swift, Captain Hink Cage's airship, and on the bad side on a disgraced Southern general who also wants the Holder.The characters continue to intrigue me. The plot held steady, and I loved the descriptions of the airships. The Madder brothers make for some really funny deus ex machinae, which is a plot device I still hate, but since I was rather expecting it, somehow didn't mind it so much here.I am very curious as to how on earth the author can have the crew find only one part of the Holder (there are 7 total) in this book, yet there's only one book left in the series. These characters are going to be hopping in that final book.

  • Amy Braun
    2019-05-20 17:21

    So good. SO. GOOD. I really liked the first book, but if I had any doubts, they were erased by the sequel. The story opened intensely and kept up a fantastic pace until the explosive ending. This story was steampunk at its heart with daring chases, rescues, constant peril, romance, and an ending that honestly kept me up at night. I couldn't have put it down if I wanted to. Favourite characters like Cedar, Mae, Rose, and the Madder brothers returned, and we were introduced to new characters like Captain Hink, who is my absolute favourite airship captain EVER. Everything you want in a captain, he's got it. Then there were the villains, who were beyond devious and evil. Terrifying and fantastic to read about. The story took a slow point just past the halfway mark, but I was still immersed because it was filled with passion, tenderness, and built to a battle of epic proportions. I felt like I was right there with the characters. There's so much uniqueness to this book and this series in general. I honestly can't recommend it highly enough to anyone who enjoys supernatural steampunk adventures with daring airship captains. Best thing is, this book holds well as a standalone. But why would you do that to yourself when there are two other books to snare your attention and take you on more wild adventures?

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-05-14 20:09

    Second in the Age of Steam steampunk western series for young adults and taking place after the Civil War in America.My TakeAnother riveting tale from Devon Monk as I read with heart in mouth while this party of refugees from Oregon brave the Strange and keep trying to escape aboard the marshal's tin airship.i don't feel at all sorry for Rose and her condition. Stupid twit just had to waste time in that tiny town. Admittedly, for a good cause, but, in my opinion, the danger outweighed the morality. Then again, discovering what moves in town is too important not to destroy…Airship pursuits, sky battles, betrayals, and Frankenstein-like operations abound. And Alun speculates that Rose has some of the old blood, a gift from the El, when she doesn't die right away.The StoryWe take up with our band of refugees from Dead Iron while they're on the trail heading back to Kansas before Mae goes completely insane. Hunt intends to see Mae safe, but the Madders have their own agenda. Their encounters with the townsfolk of Vicinity in the Idaho Territory throws everything apart. The Strange is at work and a piece has embedded itself in Rose. The rising could spell the end for our travelers, but Hink and his Swift just happen to be in the right place for a rescue.Meanwhile, Saint's allies are hunting the Swift. Captain Hink may be looking to shut down illegal glim mines, but Saint is looking to shut down Hink.The CharactersCedar Hunt is under a Pawnee curse to turn into a wolf on every full moon. Only it seems that the change may be pushing its way to other times of the month. He's promised the Madders he'll help them hunt down the seven pieces of the Holder, a powerful weapon that could destroy the world, in return for the help they gave with his brother. Wil Hunt is his brother cursed in reverse to turn into a man when the moon is at its smallest.Other members of the party of travelers include Rose Small, a tinkerer with glim and anything mechanical. She's of a mind to see the world. Hunt is in love with Mae Lindson, the widowed witch whose worsening condition forces their pace. The three Madder brothers have their own agenda. Alun is the oldest, Bryn the middle, and Cadoc is the youngest. All of them even more talented with devices, gadgets, and matics than Rose.Captain Hink, a.k.a., U.S. Marshal Paisley Cage, commands the Swift in his undercover role as a glim miner while he hunts down those engaged in illegal activities. Mr. Seldon is his second-in-command and quite efficient; Molly Gregor is the boilerman; Guffin swears in a number of languages, and Lum Ansell sings opera when the going gets tough.Captain Beaumont of the Coin du Paradis and his passengers Sophie Dupuis, Otto Theobald (Sophie's lover), and Joonie Wright are a group with a mission and a desire for Hunt to join them.Mae's old coven fears her even as the binding they forced on her is driving her mad. Miss Adaline is the head bitch, er, witch of the coven. And what a bunch of hypocrites!General Alabaster Saint was a bloodthirsty monster in the Union Army whom Cage testified against. Saint is not a forgiving man and he wants revenge. Along the way, he intends to claim the West as his own. Lieutenant Foster is Saint's crippled sidekick. Les Mullins was the captain of the Iron Draught.Old Jack is a crook who runs a trading post that can repair airships. Just don't ever turn your back on him.Mr. Shunt is a Strange. Sewn together and kept going with glim. A dangerous, unkillable monster. I do rather like the deal he makes with Saint...heh-heh-heh...The Strange are from another world and need bodies to operate in ours.The CoverIt's an action-packed cover with wolf shifter Cedar Hunt watching for an attack, his "steam" rifle ready to be juked to his shoulder, his long leather coat swirling with the wind while the Swift herself hovers overhead.The title is all about Marshal Cage's unique ship, his Tin Swift.

  • Lynn
    2019-05-24 20:26

    Today’s post is on ‘Tin Swift’ by Devon Monk. It is the second in her Age of Steam series. It is 369 pages long and is published by ROC. The cover has one of the main characters (I think that it is Cedar Hunt) with a Steampunk rifle in his hands, goggles on his head, and an airship behind him. No mistaking this one; it is Steampunk. The intended reader is someone who read the first one (you need to know what is going on), likes Steampunk, and things blowing up (good thing for me because I have read the first book and I like the other two things.). There is some language but not too bad, there is no sexuality, but the violence makes up for that. There is a torture scene with some detail; so the weak of stomach be warned. There Be Spoilers Ahead.From the back of book- In Steam Age America, Men, Monsters, Machines, and Magic Battle To Claim The Same Scrap Of Earth And Sky. In This Chaos, One Man Fights To Hold On To His Humanity- And His Honor…Life on the frontier is full of deceit and danger, but bounty hunter Cedar Hunt is a man whose word is his bond. Cursed with becoming a beast every full moon. Cedar once believed his destiny was to be alone. But now Cedar finds himself saddled with a group of refugees, including the brother he thought lost. Keeping his companions alive is proving to be no easy task, in part because of a promise he made to the unpredictable Madder brothers- three miners who know the secret mechanisms of the Strange. To fulfill his pledge, Cedar must hunt for a powerful weapon known as the Holder- a search that takes him deep into the savage underbelly of the young country and high into the killing glim-field skies defended by desperate men and deadly ships. But the battles he faces are just a hint of a growing war stirring the country. To keep his word, Cedar must navigate betrayal, lies, and treacherous alliances… and risk everything to save the lives of those he has come to hold dear.Review- This is a very strong second novel in a series. Monk does not drop the ball; the only I wish I had done was reread the first one because it has been over year and so I have forgotten too much, I spent some time remembering details and so on, but it did not stop me from getting into the story quickly again. The story picks up a few weeks after the first novel with our heroes on the road to Kansas. Mae Lindson is going insane from the binding on her and that is important to the story. The details are important but they came back to me quickly as I continued reading. The characters are wonderful as before with brave heroes and I really loved the villains in this one. By that I mean they are very good villains. There are new characters introduced both heroes and villains. The best villain from the first book Mr. Shunt is back in this one and he makes the other villains even better. The magic is still really unknown but believable and wonderful. Honestly I can think of nothing that I did not like about this book. The dialogue is good, the characters grow well over time, the plot is fun and just the right amount of twisty. If you have not read Monk before or her Age of Steam series I do recommend highly. I give this a Five Stars out of Five. I get nothing for my review and I bought this book with my own money.

  • Kt
    2019-04-29 15:01

    Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..As a man of his word, once Cedar Hunt makes a promise he won't back out of it. Which is how he finds himself traipsing across the countryside with the most unlikely set of companions, to find a device known as the Holder. A task made more difficult by the trio of brothers he is beholden to, as their dedication to the cause is nothing short of fanatical, refusing to alter their course at all, even if it means sacrificing one of their traveling members. Cedar of course, won't allow that to happen and it becomes a battle of wills between them. But disagreements are the least of their concern as they are being hunted by a malevolent being intent on destroying them and claiming the Holder for their own.Unfortunately just like the previous installment, Tin Swift starts off horribly slow, to the point where I kept finding myself easily distracted by other things. I was hoping this book would have been much more engrossing as being the second installment, there wouldn't be that typical first book learning curve. To make matters worse, after that slow start, the pace takes off like a rocket to the point where too much is going on. It just felt rather chaotic and jumbled especially as the perspectives kept continually rotating between characters. Even though I vastly prefer first person narratives, I understand the need for third person rotating perspectives. This gives the reader a chance to see more than one angle of things. That being said, I think I would have enjoyed Tin Swift more if the rotation had of been a little less often as I continually felt like I was being bounced around before I could fully settle into any character. I just couldn't get attached and in the end it made me feel rather blasé about the book overall.Despite those issues listed above, there are still parts of this series that I really enjoy. The cast of characters is quite phenomenal. They are such a hodge podge coming from all different backgrounds, giving me different reasons to love each one. I especially enjoyed watching them grow in Tin Swift. Already they have come a very long way from where we met all of them in the previous installment, with only more room to grow. There also were quite a few new additions in Tin Swift that quickly grew on me and only complemented the previously establish characters in play.In all honesty, I'm not really sure whether I'm going to continue on with this series. I'm not the biggest fan of Steampunk, and couple that in with the pacing and perspective issues, and I'm just not getting the enjoyment factor that I would expect. I absolutely love Devon Monk's Allie Becktrom Series, so I really wanted to love this one as well. In fact, I almost feel guilty for not liking, but unfortunately it just really isn't working for me. I have a feeling Tin Swift needs to be read by bigger fans of Steampunk to be fully appreciated. So if that's you, then I'd recommend giving it a shot.

  • Dave
    2019-04-23 20:04

    Even better than the first book.

  • Karissa
    2019-05-01 23:15

    This is the second book in the Age of Steam series by Monk. This continues to be a very creative series, packed full of action. The story suffers a bit from the constant POV switching which breaks up the story and makes it hard to really engage with the characters.Cedar Hunt finds himself with a group of refugees hunting down the Holder device for the Madder brothers. Cedar has a side goal which is to get the witch Mae back to her sisters before she goes insane. Also along for the ride are Rose (who is an adventure seeker) and Cedar’s brother (who is cursed to wolf form).This is a creative and fun world; pretty much a mix of western and steampunk genres. The storyline goes from one action-packed scene to another. Much of the book takes place on the airship the Tin Swift; books about airship/ship travel aren’t personally my favorite. I am also not a huge fan of the heavy western flavor this series has. The Steampunk elements are fun though; there are clockwork people and glim (similar to aether). The bad guy is truly unique and creepy as well.The story is a bit slow to start and then towards the end of the book things are resolved in a rushed way; so the pacing of the story could have used some work.Also the story suffers from the numerous point of views that it is told from. It’s not that long of a book and to have the story told from 4-5 (or more) POVs really fractures the story and makes it hard to really get to know or engage with any of the characters. As such the characters are okay but I never really cared about any of them much.I was entertained for most of the book, but had trouble focusing on the story at times because it was just too broken up.Overall this was a decent continuation of this series. I really enjoy the creative world that Monk has created; she does an excellent job with action scenes as well. I love the steampunk elements to the story but am less enthusiastic about the western flavor throughout. Much of the book takes place on an airship and I am not a huge fan of ship/boat/airship, types of stories. Additionally there are a lot of POV changes which make it hard to engage with the characters and story. Tentatively recommended for steampunk/western fans. I would highly recommend Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century series if you are interested in a historical steampunk/western type of story. Priest’s books are incredibly well written, very creative, and feature strong compelling characters.

  • Jessica Hoffman
    2019-05-08 15:11

    This book went straight into my top 5. Another stellar read from Devon Monk, another round of dreaming about space pirates and sexy werewolves and heartbreaking deaths. No spoilers here, though! Tin Swift is an excellent follow up to Dead Iron, with enough of a change in pace to keep deja vu away but with some of my favorite characters back to ease me into the new scenery with some familiar faces. I absolutely loved seeing how Monk develops the character of little Rose. She quickly grows (pardon the pun, couldn't see a way around it) from the uncertain outcast into something strong and powerful and amazing. She is still enough of a mystery, though, that I'm really hoping she's back for Book 3. I am dying to learn more about her.The crew of the Swift we meet in the book quickly won their way to my heart and when things went south for a few of the characters (not permanently, still no spoilers) I couldn't make myself stop reading. I had to know what was going to happen to them. Again, Monk's world-building never ceased to amaze. She creates an environment in which it's completely normal to see a French woman in full 19th century dress attire, to see them talk about Conestoga wagons, to read about a widowed witch and a werewolf with a strange Indian curse, steamships and space pirates and glim - and none of this seems out of place or makes me raise a brow and think "yeah, right, as if." Then, this book takes the small bit of sexual tension from the first book and cranks it up to 11. It's unbearable at times, and worth rereading at others. But Monk does it in a way that doesn't feel forced or unnatural for the story line or for the characters themselves. More strong, high powered women appear — high powered women who also have emotions and mysteries and wits about them — and Monk resists the temptation so many writers these days fall victim to: using rape to advance a female character's plot. I HATE that. I seriously hate it. It's gross and immediately tears me from the story. But Monk avoids it and expertly uses other events instead. Also? In case you were wondering, BOTH books 1 and 2 (Dead Iron and Tin Swift, respectively) pass the Bechdel test. You're welcome.

  • K. Bird Lincoln
    2019-04-26 15:22

    So here's my problem...Devon Monk is a phenomenal writer with an amazing ability to craft characters who tap into archetypes at the same time as seeming one-of-a-kind.So what's the problem? Well, I think it's just not always my cup of tea. In Tin Swift, we get the continuation of the story of Cedar Hunt (cursed by Pawnee to shift into a wolf and hunt the Strange) Rose Small (a girl of the wild who likes to tinker) and Mae Lindson (witch).They are traveling towards Kansas with the Madder brothers to both hunt a Strange weapon and to bring Mae back to her sister-coven before a binding on her drives her crazy.There are just plain awesome descriptions, like this one of an airship landing in the middle of a gunfight:"The Swift's fans roared, flattening the smoke into heated whips."And the characters are just plain cool (the villain, Mr. Shunt, is the creepiest villain I've come across since Mr. Croup from Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere). And it has just the right kind of romance that satisfies my romance novel hunger without overpowering the steampunk gadgets and adventure plot.But....sometimes my attention wondered. I'm not sure if it was because of some slow pacing, or if the way certain descriptions of the characters were reiterated throughout the text in a way that didn't seem to matter much to the storyline. For example, Cedar Hunt often wrangles with the werewolf aspect of himself "..The killing need of the beast rose in him." But after a while, just hearing that without it having much implication on Cedar (he never turns to a wolf at an inappropriate time nor does he harm a main character inappropriately) made it less impactful.However, don't get me wrong. This is one very well written, steampunk-lovely book. Totally worth your time if you like airships or alternate history or romance or adventure. (cause it's got it all)This Book's Snack Rating: cheddar kettle chips for the solid crunch of steampunk airships/ideas with a non-spicy flavor of plot

  • Wolf S
    2019-04-30 21:15

    “Tin Swift”, by Devon Monk, is a book about Cedar Hunt, a mercenary who hunts the strange and a gang of people who need to find “The Holder”, an immensely powerful device that has been divided into eight pieces. This gang meets Captain Hink, who pilots the famed tin airship, the "Tin Swift", putting him in grave danger. This is because they cannot reach their destination without his help, and they are being pursued by Mr. Shunt, a Strange that wants revenge. He needs Mae, the witch, to use a binding spell to survive off of the machine he built to survive after Cedar Hunt killed him before. There is also a very, very strict time limit as their friend Rose is dying and Mae is slowly losing her mind. Overall, “Tin Swift” did not disappoint. As a sci-fi set in a Victorian-steampunk setting I felt it was great. It had a good plot, memorable characters, and was very captivating. I never really liked steampunk too much, but this book is an exception. It has a very unique way of linking new characters, like through friends or family. The idea of “The Strange” was unique, as they were humans modified by a silver stitching that allows them to pull themselves back together making them a lot more strong and hardy, but Mr. Shunt could unbind them at any time if they disobeyed him, leading to a brutal and painful death. This also has a lot of my favorite sci-fi vehicles: airships. I just think it is awesome having a giant ship, but it flies using giant engines and an air-filled “envelope”. I would definitely recommend this book to those who want to know about steampunk, a Victorian-style setting with weird and different gadgets, or are really big fans of the genre in general.

  • Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
    2019-05-03 22:19

    The continuing adventures of Cedar Hunt, a man cursed to hunt the Strange, beings who prey on humans in this alternate late 1800s America, his brother Wil, also cursed, Mae Lindstrom, a witch being driven insane by her coven, Rose Small, a young woman eager for adventure with an eye for glim, and the Madder brothers, three eccentric men who are more than they appear and who have made a deal with Cedar. We also have some new characters, most notably Hink Cage, the captain of the titular airship. Of course, I can't forget the horrific villains. We have a journey to take Mae to her coven interrupted by Strange happenings, a dangerous injury, old enemies and new allies. I liked it by the end. It took me about 100 pages to get into it. It did help to read the short Hang Fire first. I was so used to our main cast of characters that it threw me off a bit when Hink was brought into the mix. The pacing is different than book 1 and the middle part has quite a bit of romance with not one but two pairings. This one felt like a middle book. I think there is some really good setup for book 3, with some new allies and a reorganization of the group.

  • Chris Tice
    2019-05-17 21:27

    Taking to the air certainly added a twist in this steam punk sequel to Dead Iron. With a great mix of action and romance, Tin Swift kept me interested while introducing new characters to keep Hunt and his clan from reaching their goals too quickly. A tin-covered steam-powered zeppelin was difficult to swallow and it seemed a little too convenient that Captain Hink saved Cedar and his crew from Shunt's undead booby trap toward the beginning, but I welcomed Shunt's return.Mr. Shunt's personality really shone through with this book and I was surprised that the Strange man could be threatened by these mortals. There seems to be a lot more depth to Shunt than I would have expected and I am interested to see if he returns for a third book.Wil finally makes a bipedal appearance. The timing is exceptional as he dons a firearm and helps his brother with the General's Strangeworked Army. At times I found Wil to be a bit tame for a wolf. I would like to see more aggression from a man who is almost always a wolf especially since Cedar always struggles with his wolfly instincts in human form.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-17 23:31

    In this second adventure in the Age of Steam series, Cedar Hunt, along with his brother Wil, the three Madder brothers, Mae Lindson and Rose Small are traveling from Oregon to Kansas to reunite Mae with her witch sisters who are calling her home. The Madder brothers’ mission is to find the disassembled Holder, a fearsome weapon made by the Strange, and secure its parts so they can’t be used for evil. Cedar has promised to help the brothers and in return they’re assisting him in getting Mae home. This book was an improvement on the first book, Dead Iron, with a better flow to the story, a lot of action, and the addition of the air ship, the Tin Swift and her crew, including Captain Hink Cage. I felt like the first book went back and forth between too many point of views and it was confusing, but this time, there were just a few and it was easier to follow. I liked the air ships, especially the aerial battles, and the Madder brothers’ crazy inventions. I enjoyed all of the familiar characters as well as the new ones and was rooting for them against the evil Strange, Mr. Shunt, and his minions.

  • Barbara ★
    2019-05-24 18:08

    I must say that I really like this series! I'm relatively new to steampunk and liking it immensely.The story continues with Cedar Hunt (a cursed man forced to shift into a wolf), his brother Wil (cursed into a wolf who shifts to man), Rose Small (the inventor/deviser of the group) and Mae Lindson (the witch). Oh and let's not forget the Madder brothers (Alun, Bryn, and Cadoc). They of course, are strictly after the Holder regardless of consequences.During their Eastbound course (to Kansas for Mae's sake), they encounter a strange town with zombies. Hmm seems the Holder was there first. Their journey gets derailed when Captain Hink Cage saves them from the zombies and becomes their travel guide, so to speak. Unfortunately, traveling with Cage isn't the safest bet since General Alabaster Saint is after him. Oh and we can't forget the big bad Mr. Shunt, the Strange man who creates the zombies. Hmmm all in all, a wonderfully crafted thriller with lots of steampunky stuff thrown in along with airships and air fights. A thrillfest from beginning to end. And definitely set up for many many sequels. Heck there are 7 pieces of Holder to find after all.

  • Denise
    2019-05-14 16:25

    The second volume of Devon Monk's steampunk western takes the characters on the road. With his wolf brother Wil, recently widowed witch Mae, the Madder brothers, and Rose, a strange girl who is more than she seems, bounty hunter Cedar Hunt sets out on a journey to Kansas, there to deliver Mae to the coven who are most insistently calling her home. But Cedar has another mission to fulfill, too: the promise that binds him to the Madders, to find the Strange weapong known as the Holder. Increasingly, his two mission are coming into conflict, and more trouble than any of them could have predicted soon finds them on the road.Tin Swift adds that one steampunk component that was still missing from this fascinating world, namely airship hijinks, to the action-packed plot, and also adds a number of promising new characters to the cast. Like the first book, this was a great, fastpaced read filled with adventure, magic and clever devices - looking forward to seeing what's next for Cedar, Mae and their companions.

  • Michael Davis
    2019-05-20 16:22

    Finished as strong as it started. Even better than the first, it succeeded in its primary mission: I can't wait for the next installment to find out what happens to all of these characters. And if the 3rd one introduces characters and concepts as new and as fleshed-out as those revealed here, it's going to be epic.Early report: So far at least as good as its predecessor, Dead Iron. I like the fact that it's steampunk set in the old west as opposed to Victorian England, or (my favorite in the genre) Cherie Priest's alternate America of the same time period. Also, in lieu of Priest's zombification of Seattle and points south, Monk has added some great supernatural touches of her own, such as the protagonist's lycanthropy and the The Strange, who more than live up to their name. Only about a third of the way into it, and don't want it to end.

  • Kaarina
    2019-05-13 18:26

    100 times better than the first novel; the story, the characters, the world building totally kick up a notch. And all the things I had an issue with in the first novel are remedied. The POV doesn't shift was often and the chapters are longer so that any change of POV is not distracting like it was previously.The story was just more interesting, with great shoot outs and airship battles, loved it. The great and crazy fight scenes were one of the things I loved about the Allie Beckstrom series so I was happy to it transferred over to this novel. And Captain Hink was great, every steampunk novel needs a roguish airship captain. It's mandatory. Wil's development was awesome! Did not see that coming, and I really hope he becomes a more prominent character in the next novels. But what is up with that coven? I don't like or trust them, not one bit.