Shelley Adina tries to enter into the "strong-willed female in a steampunk Victorian Britain" space...a space occupied by many other writers. ..Show More » Because this is a crowded space, Adina would need to deliver a heck of a story to stand out from the crowd. And she didn't.
The characters and setting are somewhat interesting, and the author managed to hit a believable steampunk atmosphere---and I liked the fact that she did not shy away from the issue of the extreme poverty that existed in Victorian London.
I kept waiting for the story to begin...and I guess it did, but not until the book was 2/3 finished. Clearly, this is intended to be a series, since this book really reads almost like the first couple of chapters of a larger book...mostly setting and set-up and introductions rather than true plot. And once there was a story that seemed to be moving, it wasn't that compelling.
Later books in the series might go better, but I don't feel compelled to find out.
If I were to compare this with the Parasol Protectorate series (as some other reviewers have done), I strongly favor the Parasol Protectorate over this series.
This book takes the series on a downhill slope. An Amazon reviewer compared the story to the Perils of Pauline. I think the metaphor is a good one. I..Show More »f you are on the borderline with this series, skip this installment. Hopefully, the next one will be better.
For the Audible edition, the accent of the male Texican characters is awful. For some reason, it seems that the producers decided to increase the volume any time a Texican spoke. Folks - making it louder won't make it better.
I have enjoyed this narrator is the past. Her tone is easy to listen to and her English accent is lovely.
This series is an incredibly well written set of books within the Steampunbk genre, and Adina expertly walks the line between a brilliant, steam-infus..Show More »ed plot, full of action and invention, and brilliant, strong female characters that readers find themselves falling in love with.