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The Floral Underworld: A Botanical Steampunk Adventure (Flora Victoriana Book 1) by [Deverell, E.A.]
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In a world where plants are the highest commodity, corsetted in iron and steel,
shop-girl Prunella Morrow dreams of becoming a botanist and studying at the
prestigious Kew Institute. But when she gives in to old habits and steals a rare
clockwork poppy, she is drawn into London’s dark, dangerous underworld.

Weaving together the Victorians’ love of nature with
all the subjects dear to steampunk enthusiasts,
Flora Victoriana is a series of novellas and short stories
set in an alternate universe where plants have been
engineered to work alongside machines.

The Floral Underworld is a 36,000-word novella.


Flora Victoriana is a steampunk adventure series
set in an alternate Victorian world where the
eighteenth-century discovery of a bacterium has
allowed the British Empire to develop a rudimentary
method of plant-based genetic engineering called, “synthesis”.
This in turn has spurred the development of a
new branch of industry that combines plants and
machines, placing botanists at the forefront of
invention and intrigue.


Steampunk is best described as (modern) Victorian science-fiction.
It's characterised by strange inventions, 19th-century references,
and an irreverence for social norms. If you enjoy the work
of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, I think you'll find this an
enjoyable genre.

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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #771,038 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A vibrant, fascinating story. 22 March 2015
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Not being a great fan of the Victorian era, nor having read steampunk before (what is that, I wondered?) ... I approached the book with great curiosity and a tint of skepticism. The latter attitude made the first pages little hard to read, so I surprised myself that by the middle of the second chapter I was hooked. ( I gave up seeing a movie - a great one too - to continue to read about Prunella - the main character).
Page by page, I got to know more of the alternative universe that Eva Deverell had created. It seems familiar and at the same time it is different and fascinating. Here is a book that makes me think and practice my empathy.
The characters are vibrant, they have a life of their own and they keep sneaking up in my life, making me think of them in the most peculiar moments. Until I can read the next book in the series ( which I hope is coming soon ) it's all between Prunella Morrow, Corinthian Woodward and my imagination.
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging whimsical botanical steampunk story indeed. 26 April 2016
By Eunice - Published on
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Here is a refreshing mystery where plants are bred as daily useful gadgets. There is prestige attached to owning as many rare ones as possible but a black market for illegal breeding of rare and dangerous species seems to be underway (plant breeding controlled by governmental policy). Our heroine does manage to get into quite a few spots of bother. Her desire to become a botanist becomes thwarted as she inadvertently gets caught up in a smuggling ring and murderous thugs. Her careful plan to rise herself up from the gutter gets a good revision, but her previous life living on the streets and the skills learned from being a very good pickpocket, aid in her adventure. A nice twist ensues and it seems we are not going to have her (and our) questions answered right away. There is more mystery and intrigue which will require further reading to get to the bottom of things.
5.0 out of 5 stars New to Steampunk? This is your book! 28 March 2015
By Kristen - Published on
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This was my first foray into steampunk and Miss Deverell has me hooked!

When Prunella takes something that doesn't belong to her, she is tossed into a world far more dangerous than her typically days behind a shop counter. But Prunella doesn't let that danger cripple her. She braves kidnapping, contract killers, and an elusive secret organization to help her friend Mr. Larkin do what is right.

The language is exquisite, the intricacies of the Victorian era perfectly explained. The Floral Underworld kept me in suspense through every page turn. I can't wait for the next installment of The Floral Victoriana, and I'd recommend this first novella in a heartbeat!
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun steampunk 10 December 2015
By Tungsten Hippo - Published on
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This is a fun, well-written steampunk story, with the interesting twist that the technology- and much of the culture- in the story's world is plant-based. The lead character is believable and interesting, and the plot is well-paced. My only quibble is that the ending is a bit abrupt. It is not exactly a cliffhanger, but it also not completely satisfying. Still, the rest of the story more than makes up for that quibble, and I really enjoyed the book.

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