An engaging read from start to finish.
I've had this one on my list for quite a while, but after repeated recommendations from author Rob J. Hayes I finally jumped it up the TBR list, and oh boy am I glad I did. I was hooked from the very beginning, and it just kept getting better and better, pulling me further in with each piece of new information or backstory (all expertly placed throughout the story, creating a perfectly balanced reading experience).
Everything is very well thought out and entertaining, but the characters are the heart of this story. The opening scene immediately gives a glimpse at the main character's morals, or lack thereof, and from there you slowly watch him change throughout the novel, as well as getting backstories into the other prominent characters.
I especially liked Crane and his golem, Bess. There's a big Fullmetal Alchemist vibe with their storyline that really got to me.
If you enjoy terrifically thought-out characters who balance one another onboard a nearly broken-down airship, different but humanized races, pirates/sky pirates, demon-summoning and demon possessed artifacts, airship battles, corrupt religions (go figure, right?) then you'll love this one. Or if you're just a steampunk fan looking for something new and exciting, pick this one up today!
Cover Review: Stephan Martiniere can do no wrong in my book when it comes to cover illustrations, and this one is no exception. Pictured front and center is the Ketty Jay, in all its not-so-special glory, but really cool nonetheless. It's docking in a pirate town/island (you'll find out) teeming with ramshackle architecture that contradicts the legends of this fabled town.
The design is pretty much non-existent so really nothing to judge there, but I will say there's a lot that could have been done with it.
And I'll also state I wish the covers would have continued on with Martiniere's art because the stock photo covers are poorly done, but they do have a much better design than what you see here.