Top positive review
on 21 April 2013
Make no mistake, this is a nifty five-star item, and this review should be read along side other favourable reviews. Addicts and aficionados of steampunk fiction will find themselves firmly within the genre, but they should also become swiftly alert within a few pages to something else well outside the box.They will soon learn that they are in the hands of two unusual joint authors whose adopted voice is itself rare for its range, and who are otherwise exceptional wordsmiths and storytellers, Those familiar with Messrs Lawrence and Trengove will not be surprised. The key staples of the genre are here, and, in particular, one has to like the tough women. Yet I read the story as almost classic pulp fiction in its violence, volatility, sexuality, humour and shtick, yet rich in fantasy. I loved the schtick, and I liked the narrative voice and the witty, often literary, illusions and inside moves - something for everyone. Were this a debut in the genre by a new author instead of experienced pros, the author would stick out as a bright new name. As it is, it's a helluva collaboration. Have I said that I like the price as well?