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Not so much on a blade's edge as comfortable in the cutlery drawer
on 3 May 2015
This is a fun, frothy fantasy with enjoyable characters and interesting steam punk elements. I like how magic and science lock horns in this book - science being almost totally unaware that it stems from magic!
Sardelle is a great strong female character without giving up her femininity. Ridge is very likeable dispite his outwardly 'Lord Flasheart' exterior. Not much time is given to the other characters - enough to sketch them in - this really concentrates on the two MCs and doesn't leave you rooting for anyone else. In places this felt rushed and in others it was a little slow, so the pace was a bit uneven. Overall though, this was great fun. I'm tickled by the idea of Bi-planes being called 'Dragon Fliers' after the original mode of transportation (also I have a soft spot for those kinds of planes) and I found other aspects of magic and science meeting equally enjoyable.
My big niggle is that neither of the characters ever really feel like they are in danger. There's no jeopardy - I could safely go to sleep after reading before bed, knowing that all was well. On the other hand it makes for a restful read and if you like steampunk fantasy then this is for you.