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A RIVETING Read!!!,
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This review is from: Riveted (A Novel of the Iron Seas) (Kindle Edition)
This is perhaps the best book so far in the "Iron Seas" series. This story has humor, love, pirates, monsters, trolls, good guys, bad guys, scary guys and poor sots stuck in the middle! The main characters, Annika and David are quirky and kind, lovable and awkward, and both are very resilient, though they may not see themselves this way. I will caution you that the story starts a bit slowly, but that's because these characters are so rich and I think the author HAD to spend the time so that we could clearly see where these two are coming from, and where they think they are going. Annika thinks that she is going to keep sailing the seas and putting her life on hold until she can find her sister, and David thinks that he is going to fulfill a promise to his mother and go on a volcanic expedition in Iceland. After a fashion they may accomplish their goals, but its what happens to them on the way that makes this a wonderful love story first and foremost, and an excellent steam-punk adventure.
One reviewer complained about the subplots with same-sex love story(ies), saying that she just wants a nice boy-meets-girl story. Rest assured, at the heart of this story that's just what it is. Having said that, Annika comes from a culture of all women. I couldn't help thinking of the Amazons. If "Wonder Woman" were written today, what would we be thinking of the women on HER island? I think that the situation in Hannasvik is a reasonable one to draw given the premise of an all female culture, and Annika loves her mother and her sisters, and so it naturally flows that she would want those people she brings into her life to accept them.
All of the characters were very human. To her credit, even her bad guys had reasons for doing what they did and you could see where they were coming from.
This was a lovely, fun and exciting read.