I loved the first book in this series, "A Natural History of Dragons". I love this one perhaps even more. Set in a world similar to Victorian England but not quite with Dragons and manners. What fun with the irrepressible Lady Trent leading the way into the modern age.
This is a very interesting world and it is a pity it is a stand alone. I enjoyed the story and the rich universe Cook created. The narration is another matter. I do not know what would make anyone think overly heavy accents (and not good ones at that) would be a good idea. If you can stand it this book is worth the listen. If I had it to do over I'd have bought the paper version.
What do you get when you add cyborg warriors, evil intelligent blood thirsty aliens, first contact (that really second contact), human romance and cat creatures with physic powers? A massive mess with a disjointed narrative. I couldn't even finish the first book .
This was a nice survey of the history of warfare. I am ready for some more detailed examination.
If you are looking for a great book, keep looking. This is just OK if you are looking for some light weight filler.
This War was the result of a lack of imagination or at least the inability to recognize that the world had changed. Had any of the principle actors recognized this it would have been a very short war and a very different world when it was over. Would it have been better? Who is to say but many of the millions who died would have live and given a chance to contribute. Every world leader should find this and The Guns of August on a mandatory reading list.
This book explains not only the what but also the why and then what happened next. I couldn't stop listening.
This is a tired concept and not enough different to make it a worthwhile listen.
The First book started slowly but I took a chance on Book 2 and the Steampunk world opened up and pulled me in. Wow what fun!
The story starts rather slowly, but give it time and Lady Claire will capture your imagination. At the end of the first book I found I couldn't resist buying the second book. Wow, all of a sudden I was in this Steampunk London.
Technology has caught up with the writer to the point that what was very different about the story is common place (almost) so while I liked the story I can't say I'd recommend it.
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