Into the Fire (Broken Gears Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The story is engaging and interesting, with some lovely world building and good imagery throughout. The characters are well rounded and believable, with the heroine Leonore being the same klutzy reckless girl she was in the first book, dashing through life making questionable life choices and generally falling headfirst into awkward situations, but is so endearing the reader forgives her these traits.
I was pleased to learn more of Rooke, the anti-hero, in this book, but not so pleased at the turn the plot took, actually expressing my disapproval out loud, and I'm hoping in future books the author takes the story in the direction I really, really wanted it to take. What can I say? I'm a sucker for the bad boys, and am always rooting for them to come out on top. But no spoilers.
Intimacy was introduced in this book, and for a brief moment I wondered if it was going to stray from the realms of YA and into NA, but the author handled the scene with tact and discretion, keeping her novel well within the bounds of decency. And I guess that is the overall tone of the book - nicely handled, in that the author deftly and expertly weaves a tale that in the wrong hands could have been overlong and stodgy. However, she avoids all the traps a less experienced author would have fallen into and instead presents a well crafted, engaging and tightly woven story.
I must admit to being a little bored with the myriad of dystopian YA books that abound at the moment but found Into the Fire to be a refreshing change. Whilst the world the author has created has its flaws, and there is much to condemn in its society, still, it is not a broken world. Instead, it is a world that needs attention, the inequalities it contains addressing, and Leonore and her friends are attempting to do just that, but slowly and steadily. This is no Hunger Games scenario, and Leonore is certainly no kick-ass heroine changing a shattered future one fight at a time, and it is perhaps all the more believable because of that very lack of epic battle scenes or evil overlord to overthrow.
Overall, an enjoyable and engrossing read from a very talented author.
This time the action first moves to Bone Port, where Lenore and the rest of the Springhaven Museum mount an expedition for knowledge that uncovers things that maybe should have been left buried.
I really love the new Victorian era the author has created. The setting is rich and easily imagined. Fraedrich is a master at dialogue - nothing seems forced here. In fact, the whole land of Invarnis is solid and substantial. There is no vague world building and reader confusion.
And let's get to the characters, a whole host of them, with strong back stories and depth. Lenore is our protagonist and I love the way her character grew in this one, as she struggles with her past, and tries to make the right decisions for her future (although at one point I was yelling STOP!)
The author blends fantasy and history and steampunk technology in a book what will sweep you up and deposit you into its pages.
An honourable mention here for Rook - crime lord extraordinaire, and easily one of my favourites.
If you're looking for something fresh and different add this to your list now!