Out of the Shadows (Broken Gears Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Discovering she has an interest in and a talent for engineering, Lenore is taken on as an apprentice to Neal Allen, and there are lots of lovely steampunk references to machinery and gadgets we almost, but not quite recognise; and Lenore begins to relax in her new home, enjoying a family life for the first time since the disappearance of her parents. However, this a dangerous world she lives in, a world where vampires exist, and an oath made is inviolate and unbreakable. Lenore must be constantly on vigil, wary of who to trust, feeling her way through the web of intrigue, lies and political machinations which abound, ever ready to catch her out.
The author has created a very convincing world, richly populated with complex, three dimensional, characters with very real emotions and conflicting behaviour, reflecting true life where no person is ever completely good or completely bad.
I especially liked, the little pieces of normal life, the author cleverly litters throughout the plot, the parties, food and social customs, that colour in the background of her landscape. They added a depth and credibility to the story that would, perhaps, have been less achievable in a shorter book.
One tiny observation, is that the pace in the first half of the book could possibly have done with being a tad brisker. Impatient to move the plot along, I sometimes chaffed at the slowness of its development. However, this is not a criticism, merely a personal comment, and the pace of the book sped up quite considerably until events were practically flying at me, full tilt. I see this is book one in a sequence, and the advantage of this, is the author will be able to jump straight into the story, without having to set up again the complex, fascinating and intricate world, as she had to with this novel.
Overall, an excellent read, one I thoroughly enjoyed and would greatly recommend.
I went into this book blind, only knowing that it had a steampunk element, but it's so much more than that. Yes, there is steampunk, but there's also a criminal underworld, the supernatural, and a healthy dose of girl power thrown in to the bones of a post apocalyptic world.
Lenore Crowley is a thief on the streets, but a chance encounter one evening turns her life upside down, when she is given the chance to become someone else. But she never loses who she once was, and this thread runs throughout the book, weaving threads together as it goes. I love the world the author created, it's very easy to fall in to. The descriptions of Lenore's work are delightful, and her struggle to fit in with a male dominated world had me cheering her on.
One of my favourite characters was Rook (I won't say who he was for risk of spoiling) he's definitely someone I'd want on my side in an argument!
The pacing is good, especially in the latter part of the book (although it did take me a few chapters to get in to), the dialogue spot on for genre and the characters multi-dimensional with true motives to fuel their actions.
This is the first in a series and I very much look forward to seeing where the author takes this.