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A fantastical steampunk first-contact novel that ties together high magic, high technology, and bold characters to craft a story you won't soon forget.

Captain Talis just wants to keep her airship crew from starving, and maybe scrape up enough cash for some badly needed repairs. When an anonymous client offers a small fortune to root through a pile of atmospheric wreckage, it seems like an easy payday. The job yields an ancient ring, a forbidden secret, and a host of deadly enemies.

Now on the run from cultists with powerful allies, Talis needs to unload the ring as quickly as possible. Her desperate search for a buyer and the fallout from her discovery leads to a planetary battle between a secret society, alien forces, and even the gods themselves.

Talis and her crew have just one desperate chance to make things right before their potential big score destroys them all.

©2018 R J Theodore (P)2018 Parvus Press LLC

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A Brilliant Debut

This book crosses genres like chickens cross roads. There's airships, magic, a shattered world, aliens with unknown motives; and that's just the start! I loved this book through and through. I'd be happy to go on another adventure with Talis and her crew any day. Definitely a recommended listen for anyone into space opera, steampunk, or unique fantasy (Because this books works across all three genres).

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Great Story, Great Narrator, Great Book

**Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher in return for a review. However, given that the narrator is Mary Robinette Kowal, I was very likely to listen to this book in any case.**

This book is friggin' awesome. A combination of steampunk and science fiction, with gods and aliens tossed in for good measure. The action is fast paced and engaging.

The narration on this book is top notch. Mary Robinette Kowal does an excellent job of making the voices distinct and interesting, without going over the top into exaggeration or distracting from the story. She does an excellent job of conveying the strangeness of the alien accent while keeping it consistent throughout the book.

I look forward to the sequel to this book, and will be getting it as soon as it comes out.

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Amazing

I can’t wait for the next book. I wish I’d had the time to sit down and read this straight through from start to finish. I would have held my attention. Inventive, unique, and merging so many aspects of both Sci-fi and fantasy into one your left with awe and wonder that they can coexist so peaceably. As stated before I cannot wait for the next installment and look forward to all that the author has of the world of Peridot.

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A sifi pirate adventure unlike any other

Flotsam was a charming compelling story. I honestly thought the characters were neat. Especially Talis's crew. The bond they shared that had not stereotypical romance or predictable outcomes like a lot of adventure stories tend to have.

You get a feel for the difference cultures described in the book. Some of The aliens have their own pronouns which I though was confusing at first but ended up being quite refreshing! This is a a book that grabs you in and makes you curious and makes you feel for both the good and what we presume is bad.


It almost feels like a videogame or a personal diary of what the author possibly may have experienced in a former life (if you believe in that kinda stuff)

Give Flotsam a read. If you enjoy sifi this is a good start.

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Very entertaining romp in a well thought out atypical steampunk world. Very fun

Got the book on audible and it was really good. I listened to almost a fourth of the book in one day. The writing is very cinematic and entertaining, and reminds me a lot of the Star Wars extended universe, mixed with Pirates of a much smarter Caribbean, and has the whole cool steampunk vibe thrown in. The narration is great and I could totally see this as a radio drama, like the ones from Graphic Audio. Was a real fun break from the studying.

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The ring will not send you into the dark side buut

Did I mostly decide to listen to this audiobook because, as a fan of Mary Robinette Kowal, I'm an easy target, when I see her name on something, I buy it? Yes.
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The great book cover helped! A steampunk world? Gods? Secrets? A flying ship? Nice Firefly-like (to me) team that's trying to survive? A job that looks easy and pays a lot to rest and not starve for that did turn out to be about the fate of the world? Count me in!

Talis and her crew decide to complete a job that seems easy, and pays well, so why say no? They retrieve an ancient ring, but with it, reveal ancient and hidden ennemis, mysteries, secrets and soon, the fate of the world will be at stake, just like Talis' crew and ship who must try to survive, caught in all of this.

Mary Robinette Kowal's narration transforms this novel into a sweet and excited ride. But, to be honest, I sometimes struggled with the story and thought some characters lacked deep personnality and backstory - but this is only book one! And I could still listen to it again to change my mind. Some worldbuilding and characterization were quite interesting to me, I didn't see them often used in a book.

At the end of the book, I found myself wanted to discover more about what happens to the crew next, and the world, and some interesting plot twists and the fate of some characters. So I may well be here for book two!

Discover the story of the ring (which ended up to be one of my favorite... you know) that will not throw you into the dark side. But you can be sure many groups of ennemies will try!

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Once with this crew was enough

Incompetent captain, entire chapters deciding what outfit to wear. Was hoping something would happen. Never did.

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Imaginative but could be more compelling.

The races, cultures and influences were imaginative. Characters were plucky, though sometimes gratingly so, it could have been the narration. The narration leaves something to be desired, characters were almost cartoonishly toned, but notably that improves toward the end.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful