I have heard alot about it, but have tended to avoid it.
The idea of mixing Victorian sensibilities with fantastical steam powered pseudo-modern gadgetry and a dash of magic seemed to be trying too hard. I have picked up and put back several of the tomes over the years without feeling the need to sit down and dig in.
SO – this is the first Steam Punk novel I have actually read.
And it was’t bad.
Jane Holloway writes an intriguing tale.
Because this was the second book in a series it took me a bit to feel like I really had a grasp on the world and how it works. Exactly how steam is supposed to do everything it somehow does is still a mystery to me. For the sake of the story I was able to suspend most of my questions and just accept it though.
The story somewhat centers around the niece of Sherlock Holmes, Evelina, and her friends. Evelina is a very progressive modern girl who happens to be able to use magic. Her friend Imogen is having lucid nightmares that may be tied to a string of Jack the Ripperish murders. Nick is a Gypsy pirate who also possess magical powers and happens to have an elemental spirit to control his airship.
From what I can tell this is a well thought out series. This second book could stand alone as a story but obviously works within the larger narrative as well.
I felt the opening dragged a little and was a tad confusing – but if one has read the first book that might not be a problem.
It was engaging and I might be tempted to read the next in the series – but I’m still on the fence about completely embracing the whole steam-punk world.
I was provided a gratis copy for the purpose of review.