The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

              The Dark Unwinding

A spine-tingling tale of steampunk and spies, intrigue and heart-racing romance!

When Katharine Tulman's inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.

Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.

As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle's world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this heart-racing adventure will captivate readers with its intrigue, thrills, and romance.
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press
The Dark Unwinding is a Steampunk that has everything: drama, mystery, humor, and romance, with just a touch of gothic darkness, making for a fantastic storyline. Sharon Cameron’s writing is strong, clear, and awesome. Cameron has created an incredibly dark and fun steampunk world with wonderful characters. The main character Katharine is strong but tender, and Lane has a hot temper, but his temper comes from only wanting to protect the people he loves. I also love uncle Tully. He’s a Rain Man with a fun, sweet, childlike side, and Mary who is Katharine’s maid is a wonderfully hilarious character that had me laughing at her sassy self.

Katharine never knew her father or mother; they died when she was a baby. She was raised by her aunt Alice, who is a greedy, selfish woman that lives off her brother-in-law’s (Tully) money. When Aunt Alice starts to worry about her son’s (Fat Robert) inheritance, she sends Katharine to uncle Tully's estate to have him committed to the asylum. What Katharine discovers when she gets to Stranwyne Keep is that her Uncle Tully is not a Looney Toon; he’s genius with numbers and an amazing inventor. Katharine also discovers her eccentric uncle has a heart of gold, and has saved over nine-hundred of London’s poor from the cruel workhouses.

Lane, who uncle Tully saved from the workhouse, has been with uncle Tully ever since he was a little boy. Lane has become uncle Tully's protector, and when Katharine shows up to declare him insane, Lane is not too kind to Katharine. Katharine and Lane’s romance starts out on the rough side, with it slowly coming to swoon heaven for the both of them. But as soon as these two get closer, Katharine knows her love for Lane can't happen, not if she wants to save her own inheritance.

The Dark Unwinding is a wonderful Steampunk with mystery, suspense, action, and a beautiful romance. Katharine’s going to have to make some hard choices for her life between love and money.  I recommend The Dark Unwinding as a fantastic Steampunk adventure.

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  1. oh this sounds incredible!! I love the way you described it and about the genius uncle and Lane sounds awesome! I haven't put this on my radar AT ALL, thanks for your great review!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

    1. You are so welcome Juhina! I am so glad you liked the review, but believe me when I say I didn't even touch the surface of the storyline of what's all going on in the beautuful novel. Hope you enjoyed it too! :) Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. This has been on my list of books to buy for a while. I really can't wait to read this!

    Great review. :D

    1. I really love this book Ashley! I hope you get a chance soon to read it and hope you enjoy The Dark Unwinding as much as I did! Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

  3. I love me some good steampunk, and you can't go wrong with a hilarious character. I'm adding this one to my list for sure!

    1. Hi Heather, Yep this is great steampunk! Hope you enjoy it! :)