BLOG TOUR: A Feast of Phantoms by Kat Ross – REVIEW (+GIVEAWAY)

Dear book-lovers,

Welcome to the stop on blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours for the first book in an adult steampunk fantasy series with ghost like creatures called phantoms – A Feast of Phantoms by Kat Ross. You will find in this post details about the book, author, my review, a link for a giveaway at Rafflecopter and the tour schedule.

Book Details

Phantoms Large FrontTitle: A Feast of Phantoms

Author: Kat Ross

Series: Lingua Magika #1

Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk

Publication Date: February 18th 2020

Publisher: Acorn Publishing


Lingua Magika is Kat’s latest series, a fast-paced Western steampunk fantasy with a dash of romance and adventure! A Feast of Phantoms is Book #1, with at least two more to follow.


It was supposed to be simple.

Help Marshal Sebastian Hardin escort his prisoner one stop on the railway to Charter Oak.

Just one stop.

But when that prisoner is a savant who talks to ghosts, even the simplest plans have a way of falling apart.


Sheriff’s Deputy Ruth Cortez always does the right thing. Lucky Boy is a company town, dependent on the rich and powerful Carnarvon family. Besides which, the charismatic Sebastian Hardin isn’t an easy man to say no to. When his transport derails in the middle of the prairie, Ruth begins a relentless manhunt that leads straight into the dark heart of the Carnarvon empire.


Lee Merriweather favors sharp suits and fast trains – especially when he’s stealing them. At the ripe old age of 18, he’s managed to become the most wanted criminal in three territories. Lee can’t resist playing cat and mouse with a small-town deputy, but what starts as a game becomes deadly serious.


Sebastian Hardin is the Carnarvons’ right hand, loyal to the death and willing to keep any secret to protect the family. They want Lee alive, but with the young savant’s disturbing abilities it won’t be an easy proposition. Whoever catches Lee gets the keys to the kingdom and the Carnarvons aren’t the only ones hunting him down. Sebastian has enough problems without falling for Deputy Cortez – but you can’t always choose who you love.


They terrorized the settlers until Calindra Carnarvon learned to speak their language. Her empire relies on controlling their telekinetic powers, but Lee Merriweather could destroy it all. And not even Lee suspects the shocking truth of the phantoms’ real nature.

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Author Bio

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.




Phantoms Large FrontTitle: A Feast of Phantoms
Author: Kat Ross
Series: Lingua Magika #1
Publication Year: 2020
Genres: Adult Steampunk Fantasy
Source: eARC via Xpresso Book Tours
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Recommendation: Recommended for readers who are veterans or new to steampunk fantasy and any readers who are looking for a new adventure to follow.

My Thoughts

The beginning of this story (about 30% of it) had this Western, Wild West and Old Texas feel that I enjoyed a lot. I had never read a book with Western vibe, so this was a nice surprise of how actually intriguing this setting can be. Afterwards, it was a wonderful steampunk city setting. This actually also was kind of my first time exploring steampunk genre, and I must say I was not disappointed.

“You ought to try bending a rule sometime. You might like it.”

“I would not like it, Mr. Merriweather.”

“By God, you’re a straight arrow. I bet Sebastian Hardin adores you.”

I liked the world and the idea of phantoms, I liked our female lead Ruth (she was a young and naive girl, who was very kind person who cared about her neighbors, friends and above all law and order), I liked the prisoner Lee (especially is fun and mischievous side), I liked the love interest Sebastian (his loyalty was admirable), but I just wanted to see more of  him as he had very little time on the page. However, I’m sure that in the next two books we will get to know him way better and maybe even fall in love. And I very much liked the phantom – Doc.

“I care about the law. I care about those who break it and lack any modicum of human decency.” Doc thought me that phrase. It had a ring to it.

There was no romance in this book, just a very subtle hint that romance is coming in the next book, which I can’t wait for. However, the story was so entertaining and action packed that I didn’t even miss having romance here. We had twists and turns, we had some adventure and a new and kind of mysterious world to discover and understand. Also it had a bit of humor that I appreciated.

“What do you know about style anyhow?”

“I know when it’s bad.”

“You’d probably dress me for a funeral, but I’m too young and pretty to die.”

At the end I would have wanted a little more romance and emotional depth to the story, but I’m sure that all of it is still coming. But overall, I was intrigued, entertained and completely emerged into this new and exciting world where we still have so many mysteries and unanswered question left that I’m eager for the next book in this series.

From where I was sitting, I couldn’t help but see him peel his coat off, and then his shirt. Okay, I could have helped it. But my eyes kept looking.


GIVEAWAY (INTERNATIONAL) – The new ebook Boxed Set of the first five Gaslamp Gothic books (ends April 30th) > enter HERE


Blog Tour Schedule

April 20th
Am Kinda Busy Reading
Alys in Bookland 
Phoebe’s Rainbow World
I Smell Sheep

April 21st
Nine Tale Vixen
Viviana MacKade
The Caffeinated Reader
Jazzy Book Reviews

April 22nd
I Love A Good Book
Gwendalyn’s Books

April 23rd
Smada’s Book Smack
Journey in Bookland

April 24th
Treestand Book Reviews
Trails of Tales
Sophril Reads
Hurn Publications

April 25th
Port Jericho
Cranky TBC
Cats Luv Coffee Book Reviews

Thank you for visiting this stop of the blog tour and please check out the other ones as well 😉

Happy reading,
Lady of Bookland

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