I've not read much steampunk, but I found this thoroughly enjoyable. The plot of the story was well-paced and kept me interested right to the last page. JaqDHawkins opens up a wonderful, strange and weird world where you can lose yourself in a fantasy of airships, pirates, pitchfork wielding villagers, and battling businessmen. It starts out with a pirate like adventure in the skies, in a setting that reminded me of Victorian London. Captain Bonny, is in charge of the pirate airship that takes off with someone else’s warehouse full of opium. Almost everyone enjoys chasing the dragon and drinking a little rum. There is a hint of a love interest, and lots of adventure, with solid characters.
JaqDHawkins writing skills immensely impressed me. The pace of the writing took me sailing through the air into a fantastical but convincing world. You enter the heart of each character, Captain Bonny, the luckless clerk Dudley, prostitutes and many more. The author painted such a vivid picture that this adventure stayed with me long after I put the book down. If all steampunk is like this then I’m a fan. I would highly recommend this as an escapist fun adventure.
JaqDHawkins opens up a wonderful, strange but weird, world to the reader and provides a welcome escape from the humdrum banality of everyday life. You can lose yourself in a fantasy of airships, pirates, pitchfork wielding villagers, mechanoids and battling businessmen.
No-one in their right mind would deliberately fly an airship into a storm – unless, of course, you’ve got the goddess of air travel on your side. Honestly, the plot is as daft as that – and it’s fabulous.
Anyone who loved and still remembers mad old Lionel Jeffries’ role as the eccentric grandpa in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will know what I mean. He inhabited his own crazy world and he would have loved it here. I just know he would have got on well with Captain Horatio Bonny, Merchant Airman.
And yet this is no children’s mainstream blockbuster. Oh no. Apparently it’s a Steampunk Adventure. Now I’m not going to lie to you. I had to look that up. For anyone as ignorant as me it means a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam powered machinery.