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It was bittersweet to reach the end, have all of my questions answered, and then bear witness to the final chapters of most of these character's lives. Great ending to an awesome series nonetheless.
There was mention of another book which follows young Mr. Swift's journeys in Africa. I'm hoping to see this in the future, as the allusion to "the disappearance" is highly intriguing.
I was very excited to see that they were finally going back to England, even tho I did enjoy the travel and adventures. Knowing that there was going to be reunions and new life there, I felt some hope for them. Then when Montaque showed up and started his stuff, I was thrown. At least they learned the rest of the truth behind everything. I felt proud of their fight against him and how they fought and who they fought for. I had tears in my eyes when one of them died. I really didn't expect it to end this way.
The ending was nothing like I thought it would be. Jillian surprised me to no end. I never thought she could do what she did, but it turned out for the bust. Miss Penn was a shame and I felt for Sam with all my heart. I really think they were lovers and in love with each other. What Dr. Bowe had to say about the fountain of youth made sence, but what happened to it, I saw coming just by the way things are today. I did like that the author did give us a to date update on everybody. It was nice knowing how everybody turned out in the years to come.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and the two before it. I think the Trillogy would make a good movie. Some of the inventions I had a hard time picturing them, but I did my best. For my first Steampunk reads, I now see what all the fuss is about this genre. I have now added Steampunk to my list of reads because of this Trillogy.
The action scenes and events that unfold have the reader held captive as each event unfolds. However, as well-written as this entire series is, it's not for the faint of heart. It's not a fast read. Each of these books is meant to be savored and enjoyed at a slow pace. However, none of them have failed to hold my attention across the several days each book takes to read.
Gaining an insight into the history of Japan, India, and Africa in this book was wonderful. It's like learning your world history in a much better way than a school could even think of teaching it. Throw in the fantastic idea of dirigibles and multi-shot weapons with moving battle suits, and it will keep many lovers of history and steampunk deep in the book while you learn something on the side.
I have recommended, and will continue to do so, this entire series to multiple people. While purists of historical fiction might not like the inclusion of random things that never happened, it's still a terrific read. The entire series is also a gentle introduction to the Steampunk genre. I know it has fueled my interest in this genre and I read as much of it as I can now. So, good job, Jeffrey Cook and Sarah Symonds! You have a winner here.
I was given this book in exchange for a honest review. This is the third and final book in the Dawn of Steam series and it concludes the series neatly. This book ties up all the plot twists building through the first two books and allows many heroes to show their merit. The last half especially has a lot of action, and is amazingly fast paced for this style of writing. I was not expecting the ending as it turned out and actually had to go back and re-read several paragraphs to let some things sink in fully.
I would again recommend this book and series to any with a love of classic fiction, steampunk or even Victorian era fiction and mystery. Five platypires for Dawn of Steam: Rising Suns.