Review: Treasure Darkly (Treasure Chronicles Book 1) by Jordan Elizabeth


Seventeen-year-old Clark Treasure assumes the drink he stole off the captain is absinthe… until the chemicals in the liquid give him the ability to awaken the dead.

A great invention for creating perfect soldiers, yes, but Clark wants to live as a miner, not a slave to the army—or the deceased. On the run, Clark turns to his estranged, mining tycoon father for help. The Treasures welcome Clark with open arms, so he jumps at the chance to help them protect their ranch against Senator Horan, a man who hates anyone more powerful than he.

Sixteen-year-old Amethyst Treasure loathes the idea of spending the summer away from her bustling city life to rot on her father’s ranch, but when a handsome young man shows up claiming to be her secret half-brother, her curiosity is piqued. He’s clever, street smart, and has no qualms jumping into the brawl between the Treasures and Horans. Caught in the middle, Horan kidnaps Amethyst, and all she gets is this lousy bullet through her heart.

When Clark brings her back to life, however, the real action starts, and Amethyst joins him in his fight against the Horan clan—whatever the cost. Defeating the Horans may seem easy at first, but going up against men with the same fighting vengeance as Clark, and a Senator with power he’s obtained by brainwashing the masses?

Well, Amethyst’s boring summer at home has turned into an adventure on the run, chock full of intrigue, danger, love, and a mysterious boy named Clark.


What a trilling read! Treasure Darkly is steampunk with just the right amount of paranormal mixed in. I found that I got so caught up in the story that I lost track of time. Jordan Elizabeth is such a talented writer that she made me like even some of the most annoying characters. I feel that the character dynamics are great. Such as the spoiled, self absorbed rich girl Amethyst Treasure verses Clark Treasure the son of a Tarnished Silver, who is self reliant, hard working and never expecting anything to be handed to him. The technology in this book made me feel like I was moving through time. Would I like to take my steam cycle today or my horse and buggy? There are so many neat gadgets, but I will let you discover them all. This book is the embodiment of steampunk.

There were several moments throughout this tale that I was derailed. By this I mean that some of the twist was so very unexpected. The ending left me hanging knowing something bad is on its way. The last couple of pages was a defiant “WHAT!?!?” moment! I enjoyed Treasure Darkly so much I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2.

Clark Treasure’s life gets turned upside down after he steals a liquid from his mom’s customer and drinks it, thinking it is alcohol. Now he can revive people who have recently died. What’s worse is now he is on the run from the ones who want to control him. After years on the run he seeks out his biological father, whom he has never met, hoping for protection from the army who seeks him. He gains more than he could have ever imagined a loving caring family. He grows close to Amethyst and together they face danger, death and an exciting adventure. Between being kidnapped, shot at, hunted and led by a ghost their journey becomes increasingly difficult.

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