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A Dance Like Flame by Tammy Blackwell eARC {5 Stars}

A Dance Like Flame by Tammy Blackwell eARC {5 Stars}

A Dance Like Flame by Tammy Blackwell (Of Magic & Machine #1)
Published by Author on April 4th, 2017
Genres: Historical Fantasy, Romance, Steampunk
Page Length: 403 pages
How I got my copy: Author
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She’s the daughter of an earl with a secret no one can know. He’s a mage who has sacrificed everything to save those he loves. They were born worlds apart, but inside a city drenched in magic, anything is possible.

Unmarried at the age of six-and-twenty, Lady Elizabeth “Bits” Warner has become a burden to her family. Therefore, she isn’t surprised when they pack her on a train bound for Scotland and a fiancé she has never met. She’s not surprised, but she is terrified.

In Corrigan, a walled-off city that serves as refuge to those capable of using the aether to cast spells and concoct potions, Ezra Nash is devoted to healing the sick and injured. Between his work as a surgeon and caring for his sisters, he doesn’t have time for distractions.

When the train Bits is traveling on explodes, she finds herself inside the gates of Corrigan and under Ezra’s care. The two are drawn to one another, but it will take more than attraction to overcome the difference in their stations and the secrets they hide from the world.

5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of A Dance Like Flame from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.


  • Fat heroine! I love Elizabeth so much, why can’t she be real so she can be my best friend? You know how fantasy books seem to always have a super skinny, fit heroine who can also eat whatever she wants? Well Bits is fat, has dealt with people being horrible to her for it, but finds love, friendship and saves the day to boot! Seriously the best role model I have ever found in a book series.
  • Super cool magic! So Victorian steampunk but also Fae-like people with specific magic abilities. Anyone with magic, i.e. Touched, are ostracized from civil society so they have their own territory. Bits is strangely skilled with mechanical things of all kinds too ;-). Then there are these clockwork servants that seem to be much more aware than civil society likes to think they are…. Oh and necromancy!
  • This book is an example of romance that I am 100% behind and want more more more. It’s not so much hate-to-love as both assume the other would never be interested in them and they both take a lot of convincing. I literally cried when Bits is finally convinced that the man she loves thinks she is beautiful and brilliant and sexy for her actual traits. Too often it seems like the heroine isn’t actually fat or whatever and the love interest convinces her of that. This book doesn’t shy away from the fact that Bits is tall and broad and has an upper lip that is smaller than her lower lip; she is loved and adored for those traits, not in spite of them. I have never cried from happiness reading a book before, believe me how moving this was to read.
  • Dragons! And an adorable wild girl who is the only one willing to take care of them despite their tendency to burn and bruise her.
  • Amazing writing. Blackwell is an indie author who invests in making her books the highest quality possible, higher than many major publishers in my experienced opinion! These characters are so real, the humor is wonderful, the descriptions bring the world to life. And it’s only $1! Quite possibly the best deal ever.
  • Sexy times that I actually believe! Whew, so steamy without resorting to physically impossible things ;-).


  • I… got nothing…. Ummm I’m not a huge fan of Fae, so the ties to those legends made it not quite perfect for me. There, no book is perfect, this one is just as close as possible!

See for yourself!


Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 A Dance Like Flame by Tammy Blackwell

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  1. Okay, I think I need this now. You’ve convinced me. I hate it when the heroine was really gorgeous all along. There needs to be more books where the heroine finds love even when she isn’t perfect!
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