Devices Brightly Shining—summary

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Dreadful relations, high expectations,
And a sudden urge to pull up ropes and flee.

Devices Brightly Shining by Shelley Adina

It is the event of the season—on Twelfth Night, the Dunsmuirs have invited the cream of London society to celebrate the marriage of Lady Claire and Andrew Malvern at a reception to which the Prince Consort himself is expected. Captain Ian Hollys brings his fiancée Alice Chalmers to London to attend and to meet his family—people who cannot see past her flight boots to the woman who stands by his side as an equal.

Now adjusting to life as a newlywed, seeing to her business affairs, and preparing the Mopsies to return to school in Munich, Lady Claire is settling into her new life with joy. When two young cousins of Gloria Meriwether-Astor arrive in London, the inhabitants of Carrick House are happy to welcome them. Sydney and Hugh Meriwether-Astor are completing a world tour, and the Dunsmuirs’ ball is just the thing to cap it off in splendid fashion. But Maggie learns that Sydney has his own plans for the family business—and they don’t include cutting off the supply of arms to the Royal Kingdom of Spain and the Californias, as Gloria is determined to do.

It’s time for someone with a spine, an airship of her own, and reasons to put fields of air between herself and decisions about her future to pull up ropes and warn Gloria that betrayal is closer than she thinks …

“It’s another element I love about these books; from Claire to Gloria to Alice to Lizzie and Maggie to Lady Dunsmuir, the women in this series generally like and respect each other. Other women are not required to be lesser—weaker, more cowardly, less intelligent—in order for Claire to be awesome. She is not an exceptional woman, she is an awesome woman among awesome women.” —Fangs for the Fantasy: The latest in urban fantasy from a social justice perspective

Available on Lady Claire’s birthday—October 16, 2015!

8 thoughts on “Devices Brightly Shining—summary”

  1. LindsayLindsay

    Well this is going to be quite a challenge – will I be able to wait at least until the Christmas tree goes up before I read it?! I give myself a week (from publication) tops before I crack and read it!

    September 10, 2015
  2. Esther TaylorEsther Taylor


    and HUGE Thank you’s!!


    September 11, 2015
    • Esther TaylorEsther Taylor

      PreOrdered today……….can hardly wait for the 16th
      Thanks Adina!!

  3. stefstef

    Christmas in October !!!!! My Steampunk clock is ticking !!!!!!

    September 11, 2015
  4. Brad HallBrad Hall

    I am looking forward to the next installment! These are always such fun reads.

    September 12, 2015
  5. Dean WileyDean Wiley

    Just finished Devices Brightly Shining and as with all the Devices releases look forward to the next stage in the adventure. Glad you put a progress bar for book ten to give a hint when it will be ready; soon is never soon enough.

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