Stephen Coghlan, in his novella Urban Gothic, has turned my first foray into the steampunk genre a delight. This is the first novella that I have agreed to review for Mr. Coghlan, and I am happy to say, there will be more.

Urban Gothic
Stephen M. Coghlan
  • Title: Urban Gothic
  • Author: Stephen M. Coghlan
  • Publisher: Kyanite Publishing, LLC on March 8, 2019
  • Pages: 85
  • Genre: Steampunk
  • Format: Ebook (novella)
  • Rating: 5/5

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Burned out and drugged up, Alec LeGuerrier spends his days faking it, barely eking out an existence while living in a haze of confusion and medicated mellowness. That is, until he stops a gang of nightmarish oddities from killing a strange young woman with indigo eyes.

Dragged into the lands of the dreaming, he must come to terms with his brutal past and his grim imagined future in a land his body knows is real, but his mind refuses to acknowledge. 


My Review of Urban Gothic

From the first meeting of the girl with the violet eyes, I knew that I had to know more. When Alec, a shell of a man who was stuck in a desert full of war, become her unlikely guardian, I was hooked beyond compare. Not only did I want to know more, but I also had a physical need to see how this story would develop.

The descriptions used to depict the dream realm were intense. I was scared yet, enthralled all at the same time. To learn how this world was created was fascinating, and it just kept pulling me further into the tale. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that there are a whole bunch of plot twists that threw me for a loop. I have no idea how to explain them without giving it all away. But let’s say that these twists made me smile a big smile, and Mr. Coghlan has earned my utmost respect by throwing those into the storyline.

The tome is full of action and adventure. I am a sucker for a good action movie, and this novella made me feel as if I were watching a great action sequence on the big screen. I rather wish that the book was longer or was part of a series because I would love to see how the characters interact after the tale ends.

I am happy to rate Urban Gothic with 5 out of 5 stars. The book is quick, and it never loses its grip on your attention. This novel is a wonderful little treasure. I urge you to pick up this book and give it a read.

Thank you to Stephen Coghlan for gifting me a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review.

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