Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Dark Unwinding ~ Sharon Cameron

Title: The Dark Unwinding
Author: Sharon Cameron
Publisher: Scholastic
Page count: 318
Author website:

From GoodReads:
A spine-tingling tale of steampunk and spies, intrigue and heart-racing romance!

When Katharine Tulman's inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.

Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.

As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle's world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this heart-racing adventure will captivate readers with its intrigue, thrills, and romance.

The Dark Unwinding was one of those books in which I went in to it clueless. What do I mean? Well, it was new, a debut author, and had an interesting cover. So I picked it up from the library. But I honestly never read the jacket synopsis! I assume it was going to be steampunkish in nature. It kind of was, but it was also gothic. Either way, I enjoyed it!

There was a little bit of slowness at first for me, but once the story picked up (about a quarter into it) I was hooked. The story was fresh and entertaining. There was inventions, mystery, romance, and deception. But for poor Katharine, it isn't exactly a happy time. She is sent to the family estate to declare her wayward uncle a lunatic and have him committed. But once she arrives, Katharine realizes that things are not quite as they appear. If she declares her uncle she puts hundreds of people (including children) on the street. Is that something she is willing to do?

The more time she spends with her Uncle Tully and Lane, the more confused and conflicted she becomes. And then there is the matter of her "spells" she begins to experience. What exactly is going on at Strawnwyne Keep? And what is with her uncle who at the best of times acts like a child? And carries on with childlike rules and activities, yet who is an inventive genius.

Again, I enjoyed The Dark Unwinding very much. I had only one chief complaint. The family history/tree was confusing. I thought Uncle Tully was the husband of the aunt who sent Katharine on the 'mission.' But I was wrong, and I didn't realize it till much later in the book. Maybe it was just me, but I was sooo confused! lol
Luckily there was no real love triangle. There was nothing paranormal about the book, nothing fantastical. Honestly, it read more like a historical fiction piece than anything else, and it was honestly a breath of fresh air!

Highly enjoyable. Grab this one and give it a whirl!

"Big things can be little."
 "Or sometimes little things can be big."


  1. I love the cover, and the blurb sounds really interesting -- makes me wonder what the uncle works on, and what inventions she finds when she gets to the estate. It doesn't look like my library carries this one yet, but I'll keep it on my TBR and keep an eye out for it. I've been meaning to try some more steampunk books anyway!

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    1. Hi Nickie!
      Thanks for the comment and the add :) I hope you are able to get a hold of this book at some point. Definitely worth the read :D