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Eighteen-year-old Kali McAlister enters her steam-powered "dogless sled" in a race, intending to win the thousand-dollar prize and escape remote Moose Hollow forever. The problem? Fortune seekers and airship pirates are after her for the secret to flash gold, her late father's alchemical masterpiece. With her modified rifle and a pocketful of home-made smoke bombs, Kali woEighteen-year-old Kali McAlister enters her steam-powered "dogless sled" in a race, intending to win the thousand-dollar prize and escape remote Moose Hollow forever. The problem? Fortune seekers and airship pirates are after her for the secret to flash gold, her late father's alchemical masterpiece. With her modified rifle and a pocketful of home-made smoke bombs, Kali wouldn't normally hide from a confrontation, but taking on a whole airship single-handedly is a daunting task. Unfortunately, the other racers won't assist her--they're too busy scheming ways to sabotage her unorthodox sled.When a sword-slinging stranger shows up, wanting to hire on as her protector, she's sure he has ulterior motives, but he's the only one interested in helping her. The question is...why?Details: an 18,000-word (75 page) steampunk novella set in the Yukon during the gold rush era....

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ISBN : 2940012403469
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Number of Pages : 42 Pages
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Flash Gold Reviews

  • Stephanie (Bookfever. ♥)
    2019-01-19 05:53

    Flash Gold by Lindsay Buroker definitely wasn't a bad story. I liked the steampunk elements a lot—that was probably my favorite thing in this story. I also liked the airship pirates because let's face it, that's just cool. Kali was a great character. She was witty and pretty badass. I loved the mysterious Cedar as well. And I loved the setting too.I just didn't totally love this book. I felt like it lacked some sort of world-building with how short it was. At times I felt confused like I should know more about this world but there wasn't enough time and detail explained. I know it's a novella but still... I wanted a little more.I am curious, though, where the story is going next for Kali and Cedar. I'd love to learn more about them, especially Cedar. And also, the writing was pretty good so that's always a bonus for me.

  • Daniel
    2019-01-19 07:37

    A simple story with some interesting characters. Nothing is really original but the package om the whole s quite enjoyable.On the other hand the story is a bit week with too little details and to many unexplained secrets. So it'll be necessary to continue to read the series.All in all not bad.

  • Hannah
    2019-01-27 02:45

    3.5 stars. This is a fun little steampunk novella that's jam-packed with action and explosions (something which long-time fans of the author have come to anticipate) and never tries to be more than it is - a short and fast-paced adventure story. It wasn't as staggeringly awesome for me as The Emperor's Edge was, but it's probably an unfair comparison since Flash Gold is, after all, restricted by the length of a novella. Lindsay Buroker has a knack for writing likeable heroines, and Kali McAllister is no different. She's tough, self-reliant and completely uninterested in taking BS from anyone. Best of all, she's a girl who isn't afraid of getting dirty in the workshop with her tools and mechanical inventions - she might not be a weapons master, but she has a few tricks up her sleeve if someone means her harm. Kali isn't just someone who big about being an inventor with a love of science; she walks the talk. The hints that we learn about her background only make her a more sympathetic character - I seriously hope that she'll meet up with her dirtbag ex further down the line so that she can set her mechanical dogs on him. We know a lot less about Cedar than we do about Kali, but that's probably the point (for now). He's a mysterious swordsman who introduces himself to Kali as an assistant for-hire, but as intelligent Kali quickly realizes, there are a number of holes in his cover story. Any more detail would be spoilerific, but suffice to say that he's intriguing. Cedar's deadpan humour made for some great banter between him and Kali; Buroker really excels at writing smooth and natural dialogue that actually sounds like it was spoken by real people. One thing that I really liked in Flash Gold was that the steampunk elements have a much stronger presence than they did in the The Emperor's Edge series. Kali's inventions play a central part in the story and her talent with mechanics is as much a hobby as it is a vital skill set. Likewise, the "flash gold" of the title is both a mystery to be solved and a catalyst for the events in this novella. And the most important thing is that the gadgets are FUN - I really, really love those smoke nuts. (view spoiler)[Basically, they are smoke bombs... that shoot metal needles around nut-high. (hide spoiler)]There's no question as to whether I'm reading the rest of the series; the only question is whether there'll be smoke nuts. Please let there be smoke nuts!

  • Vannessa
    2019-01-28 03:57

    This was a nice quick 88 page read. Not great, but enjoyable enough. It was just too short to explore the characters any more than it did.Kali lives in Moose Hollow, a small village where everyone believes she's a witch. She's not, but her mother was a witch of sorts. Her father however was an inventor of something called Flash Gold, a substance which blows up like gunpowder and highly sought after as it is so valuable. What Kali is good at is creating mechanical inventions, such as robotic guard dogs! Kali decides to enter her dog-less sled in a race with the intention of winning the $1000 prize so she can get out of Moose Hollow forever. She gains the help of a stranger, Cedar, who takes the position of bodyguard, although Kali is more than capable of looking after herself with her self-created, self-loading guns and steam powered sled. Many people try to kill, sabotage or kidnap her on this short journey in order to obtain her secret about the flash gold and Cedar turns out to be rather helpful, although he's in the race for a lot more than the $100 Kali promises him if she wins, which she doesn't.A well written story, just not my kind of book really, but it was a freebie so worth a try.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-12 06:43

    Flash Gold is my second foray into true Steampunk and it was a fun one. It's witty and campy and definitely packed with lots of action. I was disappointed that it was only 57 pages! I wanted more and I hope Ms. Buroker writes a follow-up. Kali McAlister is a spunky, feisty young woman determined to leave her town for bigger and better things. The villagers at best view her as quirky; at worst, they think she's a witch, because she uses all kinds of mechanical devices as weapons and for protection. Along comes a tall, handsome stranger, some criminals and an airship and, well, I won't spoil it for you. Lindsay Buroker is definitely a comedian on the side...I laughed often at the subtle (or sometimes not-so-subtle) humor. I'm also fascinated by the gadgets...she didn't toss in too many for the sake of having them, but had just enough to make you want to read more and find out what other gems could be lurking around. Steampunk in general is mind-tickling...it takes a brilliant mind to come up with these gadgets and a great story. Flash Gold mushes its way across the finish line in first place!

  • Marla
    2019-01-23 07:55

    Another freebie that lead me to buy the next two books, which at $1.50 and $3 each were not bad prices.It's called a novella, but that's just a fancy way of saying short story, because it was really short. It felt more like the first chapter to a longer book, only disappointing because I wanted more. Which I got by buying the next two books, which progressively get longer.(a pox upon you amazon for making it so easy to purchases books via the kindle!)I was vaguely aware of what steampunk was so that part intrigued me along with the late 1800's time period and mention of a sled dog race. The 'steampunk' part isn't overwhelming, it just feels like a story set in the late 1800's where the main character just happens to tinker around and make fun steam powered devices. Not to mention that Cedar is intriguing and a bounty hunter so that goes along with my Ranger/Stephanie Plum tear I've been on for the last couple months. =D

  • Kelly
    2019-02-18 04:35

    Look! Another awesome freebie! Yay! This is a short and sweet little steampunk novella that has enough going for it to be a expanded or extended into a full length novel. I loved Kali's prickly can-do attitude. She's used to taking care of herself and she does just that. Cedar intrigued me. I'd love to hear his backstory and see more of what made him into the man he turned into.As short as this story is, it easily drew me into Kali's life and the hardships she faces. Sure, I'm a sucker for steampunk and all the fun gadgets that go with it, but this was just fun to read. I would totally be game for more stories set in this world.-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal5/15/16 reread - Just finished book 5 and decided to flip around and start the series over again. LOVE Kali and Cedar!

  • Reena Jacobs
    2019-01-27 02:42

    Lindsay Buroker really knows how to make science fun. Expect my full review May 28, 2011 on my website: http://reenajacobs.com/blog/2011/05/n...I know this book was about Kali, but I dug into Flash Gold and found myself quiet attracted to Cedar. He was decisive and didn’t shirk away from duty. I can’t say I trusted the big guy though. The entire time, I kept wondering what his deal was. Exactly why was he there? His role added a bit of mystery to the story.Then there was Kali, the heroine of the story. A very important person, I might add. Ms. Buroker often twitters about geekiness… well, Kali was the one. Geek was her middle name. Now being a geek wasn’t cool when I was growing up, but the thing about Kali, she made science fun. I loved her self-sufficient attitude while still willing to accept help when needed.Cedar and Kali–two great characters with wonderful dynamics.As for the storyline: Kali faced many obstacles along the way which interfered with her goal to win the Yukon race. Her entire future rested on her ability to take home the prize money. Overall, I found the story well-written with the trials in all the right places to keep me interested.Thinking back, I only have two gripes. 1) I never really felt the urgency of the race. It might be because I’m unfamiliar with Alaskan sled races, but it seemed the participants maintained an even pace amongst one another. I would have liked to see someone break away from the mass with Kali working hard to keep up or gain the lead. 2) The ending was wrapped in a nice little package. I think those who seek happily ever afters might truly enjoy the ending though. After all, Flash Gold does have a bit of a romantic flare to it. Here’s the thing about the ending–if Ms, Buroker ever writes a sequel, I think I’d enjoy the wrap-up of Flash Gold more. It has a bit of “the end of the beginning” kind of feel to it and left me wanting a bit more. I can see the headlines now: The Adventures of Kali and Cedar.I recommend Flash Gold to folks looking to get in touch with their geeky side. 4.5 stars

  • Marlene
    2019-02-06 05:43

    This review was originally posted at http://www.readingreality.net/2012/03...Flash Gold by Lindsay Buroker is the first story in her Flash Gold Chronicles. What are those, I hear you asking? They are an absolutely marvelous series of western-style steampunk-flavored romps set in a gold rush-era Yukon featuring a terrifically inventive heroine, Kali McAlister.In other words, it's fun!Kali McAllister plans to enter her "dogless sled" in a mushing race, all so she can win the $1000 prize and leave the Yukon in general and the town of Moose Hollow in particular, forever.Kali is an inventor. Her dogless sled runs on steampower and mechanical engineering trickery. Most of the folks around Moose Hollow believe she's a witch. They're wrong.Kali's mother was a witch. Well, a pretty powerful medicine woman of the local Han tribe, anyway. And her father, well, he was the closest thing to a wizard that this world is likely to see for a while.And he invented "flash gold". Gold flakes that go "BOOM" like gunpowder or TNT, only more stable, and way more valuable. The really neat thing about flash gold is that it obeys instructions like the punch cards on a jacquard loom, but way easier. Flash gold accepts verbal instructions.The world's last known supply of was her father's legacy to Kali. But Kali's trying to keep that fact very, very quiet. She has enough problems with the idiots in town who want to sabotage her sled.So when a big, sword-toting stranger comes to town and wants to hire on as her guard for the race, Kali is pretty skeptical. But she needs a guard. It's just that this man who calls himself "Cedar" is too expensively equipped for someone willing to work for just the promise of wages.And that's when Kali discovers that every nefarious no-good varmint in the Yukon and Northwest Territories seems to be hunting her for her father's flash gold. And that Cedar is hunting all of them!

  • C.
    2019-01-31 04:56

    This story hooked me from the beginning. Many steampunk stories begin with heroes or heroines in ghastly trouble from the get go and include horribly awkward dialog to get the story started and they usually have me going...ok, what else is on my Kindle, but I so want to read good steampunk so I keep trying. In, Hunted by Lindsey Buroker, I was happy to just groove with the story and get into it unfettered. I enjoyed the pace and the story moved well and was really good and the series, for me, holds much promise.This is a quick read and one that is very enjoyable as the character, Kali McAlister wishes to win a dog sled race with her own special sled that she's created. Her father is dead and she lives in Moose Hollow in the snowy Yukon alone. She gets along just fine, but then a friend advises Cedar, a mystery man, to go to Kali's home because she needs help on the race. Kali's independent nature resists Cedar but he ends up coming in very handy. I think that the story was just plain fun. Kali is a really good character and Cedar is as well. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages and the writing is pretty good. I didn't find myself playing editor with this Kindle book either. The gadgetry is interesting and didn't seem too over the top with explanations. With many of the scenes, I was able to visualize what was happening like when the snow is cold and deep and the sled has to run across a frozen lake with a mysterious airship overhead lurking dangerously..ok. Pretty good stuff, for me anyway. I enjoy this story and recommend it for an hour or so of interesting entertainment in Moose Hollow and beyond. Kali McAlister has plenty of secrets, interests and intelligence to make further adventures very appealing. Comment | Permalink

  • Patricia Eddy
    2019-02-07 02:55

    This is the fourth book I've read by Ms. Buroker. I've loved each one (granted, three were from the same series). There are a number of things I like about them. 1. Snappy dialog. A good story is one thing. But dialog that keeps things moving, isn't repetitive, and makes me laugh is definitely appreciated.2. Mysterious men. The leading man (who is really a supporting role, not the main character) is adequately mysterious. This really isn't anything that should make a break a book, but it's something I like in a story. But most importantly:3. A strong, but real, female lead. A lot of female lead characters suffer from superwoman syndrome. They are perfect. They never need help, they never make mistakes, break down, etc. Not so with Amaranthe and Kali (Kali is from this book, Amaranthe is from the Emperor's Edge series, also by Ms. Buroker). Kali, the lead in this novella, is human. She's a strong woman for sure, but she makes mistakes, dashes away a few tears, and occasionally needs help. That's reality. But she doesn't need help in a "damsel in distress" sort of way. She doesn't wait around for a man to get her out of trouble, she gets herself out of trouble, with the occasional bit of assistance from someone else. My only complaint about this novella (and it is very minor and not exactly a complaint) was that I wanted just a tiny bit more. It's a novella, so it's not supposed to be full of detail, but I'd have loved just a bit more backstory on Kali. Another page maybe. I'm assuming that more will be forthcoming in the rest of this series.

  • Jemima Pett
    2019-01-21 03:43

    I got this book as the first in the series when I got the third in the series during the Read an E-Book Week. Proof that these promotions work for some people!Flash Gold is a short book, but a full story that introduces Kali, her inventions and her world in vivid and glorious technicolour! Kali is set on competing in a sled competition with her new steam powered sled, much to the derision of the locals, and not a little jealousy and fear from those that suspect she’s a witch. A mysterious, but handsome, stranger turns up to suggest she hires him ‘for security’ during the sled race. The price? 10% of her winnings. Suspicious, Kali thinks. And of course she’s right. Nevertheless he proves his usefulness, with an antiquated sword as well as the latest in rifles, as Kali is beset by assailants over and over again. The hidden prize? Flash Gold, her late father’s invention, rapidly become the Holy Grail to unscrupulous and murderous entrepreneurs who see it as the solution to… what? I suspect they don’t actually know, and maybe Kali only suspects the half of it. From the sample of the third book I read online, I think we have plenty of the story to unfold yet!It’s well written, vividly conjuring up the Yukon icefields and the characters sparsely populating them. Action scenes are smartly described, with diabolically imaginative inventions. The adventure looks set to continue. Looking forward to it!

  • Jessie(Ageless Pages Reviews)
    2019-02-14 04:00

    A short, vastly entertaining steampunk short story with a sled dog race, betrayal, alchemy and contraptions unheard of.Kali was just the right amount of feisty -- not enough to be obnoxious but no pushover -- clever, and believably self-reliant. Kali is smart and determined to win her race and get out of Moose Hollow forever. The best part of the story is the chemistry, dialogue, and interaction between Kali and the cryptic Cedar, and the fluid, humorous narrative which moves along quickly. The action and tension build rapidly and keep your interest throughout. One of the main reasons I love steampunk (and at a larger view, fantasy) is because the author can be completely, uniquely creative and inventive and that's just what Buroker did here. Her Yukon is recognizable, but undeniably her own. This was a highly enjoyable novella that I would love to see expanded upon or succeeded by a follow-up. I would have rated this a 5-star book, but I just simply wanted more to the story; I need to know what Cedar's real name is!More of my reviews here: http://bibliophileanonymous.blogspot....

  • Pete
    2019-02-08 02:44

    Flash Gold is book 1 in the Flash Gold Chronicles, is a short novella in steampunk, which I don’t read very often. When I saw the story was in the Yukon, where I have been on numerous trips to Alaska, it attracted my attention. Lindsay Buroker got me laughing right away in this fun read, when on page one I read about pee freezing before it hit the ground, I thought, been there done that!! and thought, yup, this will be a fun read.Kali has some unique creations including smoke nuts which expel needles about nut-high to help her fend off her enemies. She tells Cedar, “her guard?”, ”I imagine they’re down there picking things out of …things.”. Boy, did I laugh out loud on that one.Lots of shooting, explosions, and fighting ensue. Cedar has his own story that you should read about. He was so romantic when he said: ”When it comes to fighting and such, you’re as fine as cream gravy.” This was a very fun, short, and exceptionally well written story. I look forward to reading more of LB’s books

  • Melindeeloo
    2019-02-09 01:56

    Kali plans to enter a sled race with her steam-powered mechanical dogs, in the hopes that the prize money will allow her to wilds of the Yukon behind and allow her to pursue her inventing in a warmer clime. Through the machinations of a friend, Kali somehow acquires the sword and gun toting Cedar as a body guard for the journey - not realising that she is actually going to need one. Because, while Kali's after the prize, others are after Kali and the secret she hides.I really enjoyed this short which ended far too soon for this greedy reader. There was only a slight promise of romance to come in this e-short, but it was nice to read a steampunk story that actually uses the steampunk elements to great advantage instead of just using them to provide a bit of window dressing. And above all I loved both of the leads, the capable and inventive Kali and the handy to have in an ambush Cedar. So I loved Flash Gold and I hope there will be more stories for Kali and Cedar, I am ready for their next adventure.

  • Vonnie
    2019-01-29 06:36

    This was a very quick and entertaining novella. It was steampunk, which had a different sense of reality. This novella had some good and bad things. The good thing about Flash Gold was that it was action packed. The main character was being hunted by others because of what she knew about machinery and because of the secret her father left her. The scenes where Kali and Cedar are fighting the enemies were quite gripping. The author did a great job in captivating the reader during these parts. Though the story was pretty simple and fast, I was a little confused. There were many things that were not answered in this book. Everything was described as if the reader already knew what the author was talking about. I felt like I started reading in the middle of a story where I missed all the background information. Perhaps a lot of it is further explained in the next book but it would have been nice to have understood the plot a bit more.To sum up, I was confused as to what was going on with the story but the action scenes kept me entertained to the end.

  • Ricardo Moedano
    2019-02-12 07:35

    My chief apprehension was a lame romance would begin at the end of this tale - and it didn't, which makes this book great on all scores: not a very complicated story to follow (yet there's plenty of new ground to explore further in the next volumes), a steady pace throughout, and, what is rare to find anymore, brief but relevant dialogues. The author imparts a fine lesson to many writers that rely on extensive dialogues to give some insight into the characters' minds, albeit often achieving quite the contrary; that is, just wearying the readers and striping the suspense from the narrative.I'll carry on with the whole series, and strongly recommend everyone with a penchant for steampunk motifs to pick this one up.

  • Tarra
    2019-02-05 01:37

    I got really wrapped up in the characters and the world. I was shocked when I read on goodreads that this was only about 42 pages. It was jam packed with action, secrets, and some pretty good character development. I really wanted more and was disappointed that this wasn't a full length novel. Great characters and interesting world. A lot of steampunk elements, but I love how they were neatly incorporated into the story, not just thrown in there to cross genres. I will definitely check out more by this author. "Hunted" is the next novella in the continuation of the "Flash Gold" story. Just downloaded it on my e-reader!

  • Borderstar
    2019-02-03 02:37

    3.75 starsA short story to introduce us to the steampunk Yukon world that Kali lives in. Really interesting, definitely intrigued me, liked the main characters and the brief amount we learn about them.My only complaint is that it felt very slightly rushed, most likely because of the very short length of the story, but luckily there’s more to the series and I saw enough that I liked here to go straight on to read Book #2…

  • Mia Darien
    2019-02-08 05:46

    That was fantastic. I don't give 5 Stars very often, but this deserved it.The steampunk elements blended seamlessly into integral parts of the plot and character. Kali was wonderful and Cedar was just the kind of hero I like. The plot was a fun, fast-paced racing romp and adventure.For anyone who wants to write a smart, sassy tough chick and anyone who wants to write a sympathetic Alpha hero, with wonderful interaction, this is how it's done!

  • Denise
    2019-01-29 06:54

    Action-packed, fun steampunky goodness set in the Yukon during the gold rush. Featuring a clever, resourceful, independent girl named Kali McAlister and a mysterious stranger introducing himself as Cedar who hires on as her protector for a high stakes sled race Kali is determined to win, this short but immensely entertaining series opener offers a thrilling adventure read with great protagonists I can't wait to read more of.

  • Ian
    2019-02-08 02:03

    Rating: 8.5/10INITIAL THOUGHTSLindsay Buroker has been on my radar for a while, now; she’s one of those very prolific indie authors who seems to have a new book published every time I blink. This steampunk novella is the first time I’ve read any of her work, but it certainly won’t be the last.Flash Gold is an excellent, fast paced and engrossing story right from the word go. I’m impressed by how much Buroker was able to cram into just 18K words. Her two main characters, plus the setting, were more than sufficiently well developed to ensure I was fully engaged; and there was never a dull moment.I actually really liked the book’s resourceful protagonist, Kali McAlister. So much so, when I reached the end of the story I was left wanting to read more of her escapades. Fortunately, I subsequently discovered there are four more books in the series for me to acquire in the coming weeks.FULL REVIEW PENDINGLook out for a full length review some time next week.

  • Frank Bertino
    2019-01-26 01:41

    Full Steam AheadKali is an intelligent young tinkerer and inventor. Her back story and competence make her a compelling character. Cedar is an enigmatic protector that Kali likes but can't bring herself to trust yet. I am a fan of the smartass dialogue and banter between Kali and Cedar. Pirates, thugs, and criminals get in the way of her victory using a steam powered sled in a race. However, Cedar has an alternative proposal for her. I am intrigued by the potential of this new series and look forward to the next book.

  • Kris
    2019-02-02 02:46

    The story is very much in the vein of The Emperor's Edge series, but a bit more laid back and humourous. Fifty six pages didn't give much room for character development, but it was a very good introduction to both chaaracters and the world they live in.

  • Grace Harding-Smith
    2019-02-16 06:50

    3.5. It was really enjoyable and fun!

  • Jon Thysell
    2019-01-23 23:53

    Enjoyed the world and the characters, and the bit of mystery surrounding the "flash gold".

  • Leah
    2019-01-20 06:51

    Wild West SteampunkI enjoyed this book . I haven't read a Steampunk story before and this was a good introduction to it . It was quite short but well written .

  • Jens
    2019-01-26 07:53

    Bad writing, predictable plot, predictable characters.I got it in a bundle, and figured I'd finish it. Same for #2.

  • Jeff Chapman
    2019-02-12 23:47

    Lindsay Buroker's Flash Gold is the first of The Flash Gold Chronicles, a series of steampunk novellas set in the Yukon during the Gold Rush Era of the 1890s. The other books in the series are Hunted and Peacemaker. The story centers on Kali McAlister, an eighteen-year-old, highly skilled tinkerer with big plans for her future. Bravado goes a long way in the wild North, and when a stranger knocks at her door, she chides him for not calling her ma'am. She propped her hands on her hips by way of disguising another step toward the lever. “It’s polite to call a lady ‘ma’am.’ Even if she’s a half-breed wearing man trousers with tools sticking out of all her pockets.” Not to mention she was only eighteen and covered in grease. She would collapse in surprise if anyone called her ma’am without the ulterior motive of needing a favor.Kali is also in a lot of danger and she knows it. Her home and workshop is a maze of boobytraps and a couple mechanical dogs are ready to attack intruders at the flick of “a bronze lever with a billiards-ball knob.” Kali has worn out her welcome in Moose Hollow. Some say her inventions work a bit too well and suggest she's employing magic, that she's a witch. Rumor says that Kali's father developed a type of gold--flash gold--that has “magical” properties: “[T]hey say an engineer can embed commands in it. An ounce is worth a fortune.” Those mechanical guard dogs, for instance, seem to have minds of their own, but Kali's not saying, keeping her secrets secret. Criminals and pirates--and there seem to be plenty of them in Buroker's Yukon--would kill to get their hands on some flash gold. Kali's plan is to win a dogsled race with her latest invention--a dogless, steam-powered sled--and use the winnings to build an airship and sail away from Moose Hollow. The night before the race, a man named Cedar pays her a visit. He's come to take the job of assistant musher for the race. Nelly, the owner of the local brothel, believes Kali will need some protection on the trail and posted the job at Nelly's Good-Time Girls. After some discussion and a fight with a band of criminals in which Cedar proves his fighting skills, Kali agrees to hire him, promising to pay him a small share of the winnings if she wins. The story follows Kali, Cedar, and her steam-powered sled down a frozen river, overland through wooded trails, and across a frozen lake. They are ambushed and otherwise harassed multiple times, including an incident with pirates in an airship. Kali comes to trust Cedar, maybe a little, but Cedar proves to have a whole mess of secrets of his own. As a young reader, I adored Jack London's adventure stories set in the frozen North: Call of the Wild, White Fang. I read them all. So I was pleasantly surprised to find Buroker's steampunk series set in the 1890s Yukon. Buroker doesn't disappoint. Danger lurks around every bend for Kali and Cedar. Flash Gold is a page-turner, meticulously plotted. Each chapter clicks with the rhythm of a new and increasingly violent obstacle in Kali's path. The writing is clean with an undercurrent of humor that seems to ask the reader if they're taking this seriously. The race and its consequences are serious business for Kali though, and Buroker does not skimp on delving into the emotional issues of her protagonists. I'm looking forward to the next installments in the series. Hop on the sled with Kali and fire up the boiler, you'll enjoy the ride.

  • Britt
    2019-01-22 23:51

    A quit read as this is a novella. The story sets up a world and partner ship that will be fun to is evolve.