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Fields of Gold: A steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices Book 12) Kindle Edition
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Fields of Gold is just the latest of a fantastic telling of steampunk airships and the wonderful women behind them with their equally wonderful supporting men. There is so much interest and drama in Fields of Gold that I don't know where to start...the witches who paint their face like sugar skulls but are strong and intelligent; the Texicans; the California's or the original airship crew from stories past. Between warring factions, very well written political intrigue and new turns in old characters lives, it was hard to pick a favorite section unless it was the turning of the civil war by the magnificent devices and their authorities. I would recommend not just Fields of Gold but the entire series from the beginning. One of my favorites and a credit to Shelley Adina.
I feel like some of the strings were more hastily tied then others, though. As usual the hi-jinks are high and the risks grand, which keeps the story moving and action-packed, but the actual development of characters and story were rushed in parts while dragging through some tedious scenery in others.
The foreshadowing was pretty heavy and obvious of where the story would be ending and I was guessed right on all accounts. It turns out the fields were not made of gold for me. Again, I was disappointed by an author trying to be modern and the book ended up a little too preachy for my tastes.
I am aware this is a story about war and rebellion and finding peace amongst all that violence and chaos. There are going to be some strong opinions and these have always been characters of strong (and often loud) character -- you wouldn't have the tension that makes reading worth anything otherwise -- but the soapbox was full and loud this go around.
I won't be recommending this trilogy of the series to anyone, but I will recommend readers enjoy the Lady of Devices and her Mopsies. They are a bright spot in steampunk. I might even still consider the spin off series that is mentioned at the very end, where we finally get to find out who Dutch is, but I have to admit I am very unsure if I will or won't at this time.
Most out of this one.