Cards and Caravans is the fifth book in the Gaslight Chronicles series by Cindy Spencer Pape. This fun but uneven romance series combines Victorian steampunk with magic and the paranormal. The books are published online by Carina Press. I loved Pape’s book Kilts and Kraken, but found the follow-up, Moonlight and Mechanicals, to be disappointing. Cards and Caravans falls somewhere in between, and the whole book feels like a placeholder in the series. Having said that, it was a pleasant book to read, with engaging characters. There’s a surprising lack of tension or suspense in the book so it might be just the light read you need during a stressful or fatiguing time.
I had no problem jumping into the series with Kilts and Kraken. It was a strong stand-alone and I still recommend it. However, I’m not sure how much you’d get out of Cards and Caravans without having read at least a couple of the other books, especially Moonlight and Mechanicals. You can find my full-length review of Cards and Caravans at: Smart Bitches Trashy Books. And for the book I truly enjoyed, my full-length review of Kilts and Kraken is at this link. Enjoy!