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Monday Book Recommendation: Tainted

TaintedWhat Happens When Your Soul Dies? Kat Bloodmayne is one of the first women chosen to attend the Tower Academy of Sciences. But she carries a secret: she can twist the natural laws of science. She has no idea where this ability came from, only that every time she loses control and unleashes this power, it kills a part of her soul. If she doesn’t find a cure soon, her soul will die and she will become something else entirely.After a devastating personal loss, Stephen Grey leaves the World City Police Force to become a bounty hunter. He believes in justice and will stop at nothing to ensure criminals are caught and locked up. However, when Kat Bloodmayne shows up in his office seeking his help, his world is turned upside down.Together they search World City and beyond for a doctor who can cure Kat. But what they discover on the way goes beyond science and into the dark sphere of magic. Book one of The Soul Chronicles series.

I actually found out about this book on Janeen’s blog post on Steam Punk world building. If you didn’t know this about me, now you will; I love steam punk. I actually have two novels I’m working on that are based on this fascinating genre, one set in South Africa and the other taking the standard Victorian era perspective.

In case you are wondering, Steam Punk is the beauty of science fiction/fantasy combined with historical fiction, in which steam powers all machinery. The magic of it is in imagining all modern technology running on Steam. Steam powered Iron Man? I would watch that.

Steampunk Ironman

Tainted sounds like a fun read and is definitely on my list of To Reads (hence the book recommendation) and what really fascinated me about this book was what the author, Morgan L. Busse,   said about coming up with the story. I quote:

The idea for Tainted originally came from an online conversation where someone asked if necromancy could ever be used for good. I had this image of a woman who had been “tainted” by her father’s research, and although it opened her up to amazing power, it also was killing her on the inside.

And thus Tainted was born. But instead of straight up fantasy necromancy, I chose to use science instead, and ask the questions

  1. Are there lines we shouldn’t cross in our pursuit of the unknown?
  2. What happens if we cross those lines?
  3. Does it hurt others?

Just from this, my mind went into overdrive considering these questions. I’m already bubbling, wondering how this book will answer these questions.

You can read the full article here: World Building Wonders – The Steampunk World of Tainted

You can buy the book here: Tainted – Amazon

Goodreads: Tainted




About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

9 responses »

  1. Oh wow, this books sounds AMAZING! I must read it. :O I haven’t read much, (if any, now that I think about it), of steampunk type novels.

  2. I’d usually stay away from covers like these. They seem cheesy by the synopsis is so interesting!!!! I’ve not read anything steampunk! Or seen anything steampunk. Very curious now.

    • Oh yeah that cover I know right. Those also normally put me off but I read the blurb and I decided not to judge a book by its cover ha ha. I just need the funds to buy this book now.

      • I swear. I always imagine a cheesy mills and boons romance when I see those covers. But then again who cares. I hear those are popular too. Lol. Hope you get the funds soon. I’m praying for a windfall myself. So many books to buy!

  3. Thanks for the blog post reference! 🙂


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