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Friday, October 1, 2010

As Timeless as Stone by Maeve Alpin

As Timeless as Stone by Maeve Alpin
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Genre: time travel, historical, steam punk
Length ­ Short Story (52 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Lavender

Though society stands in their way, can love transcend time with the aid of robotics and ritual?

In peril for her life, the Priestess Seshat turns herself to stone in ancient Egypt. Centuries later, Ricard, a dashing nineteenth century Frenchman, repairs a broken statue and reads its incantation--unprepared for the gorgeous flesh and blood woman who steps forth.

Seshat is drawn to the brass robots Ricard creates and the glamor of the Victorian age, and most of all to Ricard himself. But the society of his day cannot accept a woman like her. How far will Ricard go to secure her happiness? Is their love strong enough to transcend time itself?

What a great mixture of cultures this story has: Ancient Egyptian and nineteenth century French. It makes for an interesting tale. As Timeless as Stone by Maeve Alpin is a delightful short story that I would categorize as a "feel good" type.

I really enjoyed the descriptions, the Victorian-type world and cool inventions such as steam-powered carriages and steam servants, and the dash of Ancient Egyptian culture thrown in there. The characters are likeable and memorable. Beautiful Sheshat, the Egyptian priestess, and Ricard, the handsome, sexy, French Egyptologist, assistant to the famous Jean François Champollion, make for a romantic couple. Their relationship is steamy as are the bedroom scenes.

The story has its funny moments as well, such as when Seshat is trying to adjust to French life. Her relationship with Ricard developed very fast and seemed to be based on the physical, but it is a short story, and a hot one. In a longer piece, I'd hope for more romantic development.

Seshat¹s view of how strange the French world is comes across perfectly. As well written as this story is though, there is no real tension driving the plot. Seshat and Ricard want each other, and nothing comes between them. It's an entertaining story but without much suspense.

Ricard wants to marry her but knows he can't in his society. He's willing to give it up to go back to Ancient Egypt with her. Is this possible? There is a way, but it's risky. If they try, they could die in the process. This
creates the only real tension in the story, and it occurs late.

Even though it isn't a page-turner, it's still a fun read, sexy and with characters I enjoyed reading about. For an easy-going, steam punk adventure, this would make for a good choice.