Pauline Creeden weaves an intriguing tale of honor and romance in Chronicles of Steele: Raven. This ‘Steampunk’ fantasy follows Raven Steele, a ‘Reaper’ who is bound by the strict code of ethics followed by her sect. When she is asked to protect the young baron from his own family, she is thrust into a journey of danger and magic that tests her intensive reaper training, not to mention her mettle. The mechanized ‘steampunk’ elements are well constructed and fit the story, while the full bodied descriptions bring the story to life. There are plenty of well written action scenes and the plot contains enough surprises to keep the pages turning. Woven throughout are Raven’s inner struggles as she tries to reconcile her commitment to the reaper way of life with guilt over her father’s death. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the characters, the flow of the story, and the use of speculative themes.