Nyssa Glass and the Caper Crisis by H.L. Burke

Title: Nyssa Glass and the Caper Crisis

Series: Nyssa Glass, #0.5

Author: H.L. Burke

Genre: steampunk (science fiction)

Age Range: upper middle grade/young adult

Overall Rating: 4 stars

Nyssa Glass and the Caper Crisis by H.L. Burke

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Orphaned cat burglar Nyssa Glass intends to outwit her rotten fate.

“Adopted” by her incarcerated uncle’s gang of thieves, she breaks into homes and picks pockets to repay her family debt and one day buy her freedom from their dark enterprise. Mechanically adept and determined, Nyssa longs to attend Miss Pratchett’s School for Mechanically Minded Maids and make an honest life she can take pride in.

She wasn’t made to steal things. She was made to create and fix them.

However, before she can make her escape, the head of the gang taps her for a new assignment, one her conscience cannot bear. Nyssa is faced with a heartrending decision: sacrifice everything or become the very thing she’s desperate to escape.

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An Ordinary Knight by H.L. Burke

Title: An Ordinary Knight

Author: H.L. Burke

Series: An Ordinary Knight, #1

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Adventure/Romance

Age-Range: 12+ (upper middle grade/young adult)

Setting: a fantasy world

Publisher: H.L. Burke

Source: bought with birthday money 🙂

Rating: 3/5 stars

Content: 3/5. Mild romance. There’s one guy who’s sort of a lady-chaser, so. There’s that. Pretty mild violence. No language.

An Ordinary Knight by H.L. Burke

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Stuck in a humiliating position as the Royal Kennel Guard, Sir Percy sees little hope for anything other than an obscure fate. After all, in the Kingdom of Ithelia, you need a fairy to guide you to greatness, and fairies just don’t bother with knights like him.

However, when Percy catches the eyes of the sheltered Princess Matilda, his world expands in new and frightening ways.

A victim of an ill-planned Christening, Matty has spent her life in a locked tower, hiding from pixie attacks. Now she’ll do anything to escape. And if that means dragging Percy along for a cross country search for Prince Charming, so be it.

But not all Prince Charmings are what they seem, and as Matty’s plight grows more desperate, Percy finds himself losing his heart. Does a lowly knight have what it takes to uncurse a princess?

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Well … it was still good, but it wasn’t improved too much if at all. You see, H.L. Burke originally published An Ordinary Knight a while back along with another novella. She later removed it from the market and presumably edited it to be re-published … and I see some changes, but not a lot. Or maybe I simply don’t remember the earlier version very well.

First, the info-dumping prologue. Never a good idea. It basically dryly summarizes Sir Percy’s ordinary life up until it stops being ordinary.

Of course, I wouldn’t really call Percy an ordinary knight. He’s very abnormal, in fact. It seems that every knight but him is fairy-gifted. So doesn’t that make him unordinary?

The characters were all right, though at times they seemed a little two-dimensional. The plot was exceptional, and the writing amusing.

On the negative side, Dusty annoyed me, the fairy’s decision seemed sudden and unrealistic, and Mattie … hmm. Could anybody really be that stupid? Especially if they read as much as Mattie supposedly did? If she read a lot, she should know a lot about the world. Or maybe she just read trash. I don’t know. I did find it to be a lot less cheesy, which is good.

Overall, a reasonably entertaining tale, although it isn’t get better than ‘okay’ in my personal opinion.

~Kellyn Roth