The Kiss of Reba Maul single work   short story   romance   science fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 The Kiss of Reba Maul
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A continuation of the story told in Song of the Slums, but with an adult focus. Verrol, now an adult and a successful musician, falls in with a young girl who is tied to his criminal past, and who exerts a dangerous fascination for him.


  • Steampunk note: Featured in an anthology of steampunk romance fiction. Like the novel on which it draws (Song of the Slums), the story is set in an alternate nineteenth-century England. The events take place largely on a vehicle called the Skysplitter, which is driven by the recoil of cannons firing blanks: its inventor, an alternative version of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, calls it 'Humanity's First Step Beyond the Steam Age'. Reviewers occasionally describe it as 'gaslamp' fiction.
  • Author's note:

    It takes places after the events of Song of the Slums, when the Rowdies (Astor and Verrol's band) are an established success, and Astor and Verrol have settled down to live and love happily-ever-after … or have they? Verrol gets a huge shock when someone rises up out of his past, a woman who was just a young girl at the time of the terrible feud between the Starks and the Mauls. Reba Maul survived the general bloodbath, and she's been training to become the perfect killer ever since. She's deadly and beautiful and attracted to Verrol - but it's a strange and dangerously perverse attraction. Verrol can't help himself when the adrenalin gets into his veins, and his old past criminal self starts to take over again.' (Source: Author's website: [Sighted: 10/01/2017])

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  • Appears in:
    y Kisses by Clockwork Liz Grzyb (editor), Nedlands : Ticonderoga Publications , 2014 7631913 2014 anthology short story science fiction romance

    'Putting the steamy back into steampunk. 105,000 words of steampunk romance, edited by the award-winning Liz Grzyb.'

    Source: Publisher's blurb.

    Nedlands : Ticonderoga Publications , 2014
    pg. 13-31
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