2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Magnificent Devices: Books 1-4 Quartet: Four steampunk adventure novels in one set (Magnificent Devices box set) (Kindle Edition)
All four books were great, with interesting characters and a very enjoyable steampunk world.
I have a few quibbles - but they are very minor (evil characters were either one dimensional, or had so little airtime that I hadn't a clue as to their motivation, all the women seemed to develop identically - starting very ordinarily, then developing, under stress, into cute-tough-cookies-with-hearts-of-gold. Also, the technical side of steampunk engineering was glossed over in a way that disappointed).
So what did I like? Most of it, actually. There was a lot of dry, understated humour that made me snort with delight. Rosie the chicken was wonderful without ever being cutsie, or anthropomorphed into a cartoon. Costume, corsets and cumbersome dresses were dealt with brilliantly. The vocabulary was largely authentic and unfailingly entertaining. I only spotted a couple of Tomayto/Tomahto issues, which is amazing for a US author trying to create a 19th C UK world (the glitches mainly involved biscuits).
There was something Georgette Heyer-esque (and this, from me, is a great compliment) about the series, which probably comes from that wonderful, kind, acute humour.