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Mabel Bunt and the Masked Monarchs (A Mabel Bunt Novel Book 1) by [Collins, R.]
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Mabel Bunt, harlot and commoner, is sent to entertain a young lord on his last night before execution. When she leaves his cell she finds herself a fugitive wanted by the Crown and caught up in the schemes of a stranger who seeks revenge from behind the faces of dead kings.

This is the first of the Mabel Bunt novels, with Mabel, our harlot turned hero, corset-deep in a clockpunk adventure filled with masks, intrigue and swashbuckling fun.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2836 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1532847084
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V02GOZ2
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #789,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, original and unflaggingly entertaining 22 July 2016
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This novel is delicious and dark as bittersweet chocolate, taking all the best elements from classics like The Man in the Iron Mask and The Scarlet Pimpernel as well as more contemporary steampunk themes to create a whole new genre that, in my opinion definitely needed to be born. The writing is crisp and quirky, and never falls into the mistake of becoming too discursive or sentimental, so that the action and the plot move smoothly, and the characters speak for themselves. Irony and humor mask the fact that the story really revolves around a darker vision of corruption and abuse of power, with many present-day parallels.The women in this tale are strong without being irrationally perfect, and the masked hero is every masked hero ever fantasized about, brashly competent and recklessly fearless, also broodier, surlier and even worse with feelings of the tenderer sort than most, which makes him all the more real. One of those books that you don't want to end, because you will feel lost and marooned back in your own world. I had been waiting for the paperback edition, and it was well worth it to have a physical copy on my shelf which makes me smile every time I look at it. Can't wait to read the sequel.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the Next Book… 26 March 2015
By M. Guerrero - Published on
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This is a romp of a novel; full of characters to mistrust, to despise, to love and to just want to murder—more than once, I found myself wishing to do all of these things to the same individual.

Mabel resides in a place where corruption accompanies the most expensive wines and is stuffed into every meat pie. It’s difficult to stay honest in the world created by B. R. Marsten and R. Collins, but Mabel can do it while standing on one foot. Really, she can.

Lord Guise, the male lead, is mysterious and resourceful, and loves to think of himself as a vengeful rascal. He is pure trouble to those who oppose him and to a few who don’t, but as the story progresses… the layers begin to drop and the reader gets to see the real man under that mask.

The novel is a collection of intrigues, ribald humor, heartbreaking facts about the world and its people, and Marsten and Collins portray every bit of it in words that take the reader to the middle of the action.

I read Mabel Bunt in one go, and will certainly read it again. I anxiously await the next book in the series. Here is one of the quotes that stayed with me: “Atheism has its rewards, my dear. Namely, I don’t have to be afraid of upsetting invisible monarchs.”
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dashingly well written! 20 October 2016
By Charles J. Mayfield - Published on
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I just finished Mabel Bunt and the Masked Monarchs, and I can't wait to read the follow-up (I'm not an e-book fan, so I will have to wait a little longer to satisfy my urge). The book was well-plotted and well written, dashing along at a brisk pace worthy of the swordplay and intrigue throughout. Marsten and Collins have imagined a nifty little milieu that is at once historically familiar yet divergent and exotic enough to hold our attention. At the same time, the authors have managed to introduce and flesh out some interesting and idiosyncratic characters that invite us into the perils and pearls of this enchanting realm. The writing pulled me along perfectly, threading the complex plot lines while never once calling attention to itself--as all such good prose of this nature should. All in all it was an enjoyable read, and it most definitely left me hungry to follow further along in the ongoing adventures of these characters.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit naughty, a whole lot of nice! 27 March 2015
By Sharon S Rawson - Published on
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When a harlot with an exceptionally good work ethic gets involved in the intrigues of a beloved stage actress, pays too much for forgiveness to a corrupt priest, and is rescued by a stranger masked by dead kings, you know things are going to get interesting.
Mabel, with the heart of gold and mouth of a sailor, undergoes many trials and tribulations all the while protesting that she just wants to go back to doing what she knows best. But, the state of the land led by a tyrant king needs to change, and Mabel is asked to step up and be a part of a game that is much bigger and darker than she can imagine.
Written with wit and humor, dancing swordsmanship, intrigue, and characters that you will want to know more about, this books is a little bit naughty and a whole lot of nice!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some wonderful dialog as well as great action makes this one ... 9 June 2015
By Tabitha C - Published on
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If you miss the old Hollywood swashbuckler flicks, pick this one up. This fast paced adventure focuses on Mabel Bunt, an honest working girl, getting swept up in political maneuverings by mysterious architects of a corrupt world. Some wonderful dialog as well as great action makes this one of the more delightful things I've read in awhile. A bit of a warning though - this is the first in a series. If you enjoy this book, you will be left wanting more at the end. But if you don't mind committing to a series of well written, witty adventures that leave you with the feeling of being immersed in an Errol Flynn epic, give this one a try.