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March of the Cogsmen: A Steampunk Novel (Galvanic Century Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Adventure, Victorian snark, a capable investigation - no small achievement for a very drunken bridegroom! - and original use of technology behind the cogsmen ensue. I did miss not having James make as much of an appearance in the short stories, but the scenes he was in entirely made up for that.
I have not yet looked into the 'Gentlewoman's Chronicles', so it could be that I am just missing something that did not come across in this particular book. I also understood Aldora Fiske was meant to be going through emotional changes in this installment, but still, I had issues reconciling with her. She seemed a bit deliberately immature and selfish, and though there were attempts made at growth, I could not fully appreciate them because she appeared to me an inconsistent character to begin with. I also found Regina to be on the petty side, and her motivations were just very... high school. Cannot say I was overly impressed with the female characters here.
And somehow I did not find the prospect of a loveless marriage appealing, though we are shown a tiny grain of affection between Bartleby and Aldora towards the end, so I hold out hope. I did find the overall book excellent though, and will continue to faithfully follow the adventures of Bartleby and James (who I would love to see more of in the next one!)
My technical rating - five stars for the story and three for the female characterizations.
As in other tales of these individuals, there is quite a bit of derring -do. The plot moves just as rapidly, but has some legroom for filling out several characters since it is not constrained by being a short story. I really enjoyed meeting Aldora's mother, and loved peeking into Aldora's childhood. If you appreciated the Parasol Protectorate, you will enjoy this novel.
And, aww...Aldora and Alton have always respected each other's strengths, but in this tale we actually see, shall we say, a spark of emotional connection.
I received this book for free in order to review it.
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