- File Size: 6048 KB
- Print Length: 335 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Superversive Press; 1 edition (June 15, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071JNR9HB
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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- The book needed a professional editor, badly. Misused words (wretch instead of retch), poor grammar choices and too-flowery descriptions threw me out of the story more often than should be.
- It seemed there was supposed to be some adolescent sexual tension between two characters that never had any tension at all.
- There was a lack of real emotion in general. Young people fresh off the farm should really react much more strongly to their first exposure to violent death, much less to having inflicted same.
- And finally, there was too much leaning on luck for believability.
That said, I'd probably enjoy seeing a second book in this 'verse.
Zaira von Monocle (just go with it, it sounds like a parody surname but it’s serious) has grown up in the shadow of her father, the famous Baron von Monocle, hero of the kingdom of Rislandia, whose adventures on the airship Liliana are already the stuff of legend.
When the baron is missing in action and presumed dead, young Zaira finds herself heir to the legendary airship and an elite but wearied and discouraged crew. It’s a responsibility she is nowhere close to qualified for, but with the armies of the invading Wyrath empire on her doorstep and news of a desperate mission that must be undertaken, she must grow into her father’s mantle quickly.
The strongest element by far in Del Arroz’s book is the main character. Zaira’s missteps are believable and make her triumphs all the more satisfying. She is far from a Mary Sue: although she plays a pivotal role in the story, it’s the teamwork of all the cast that made victory possible.
But the end leaves you wanting more, particularly considering the revelations and questions raised. While it’s got a good ratio of steampunk contraptions to eldritch abominations, I request more of both for the sequel.
For Steam and Country!
The writing is exuberant fun and characters are mostly reasonably developed. One character - who plays a pivotal role of deception needed some more. However it's not critical.
This is also a book almost anyone over the age of 12 can sit back with and escape into a fascinating world where earthquakes for instance may not be cause by... the planet. Del Arroz has a vivid imagination and I eagerly am looking for the next book in what may be a series!
Why 4 - not 5 - stars. A (very) Typos, The King and Emperor needed more development as did one other character. (on the other hand that may be taken care of in the next book).
Parents: This book is safe to read for 12 and up. I may try get my grandaughter to try it next year because the heroine is really excellent!
If I had any complaint it would be the fact that the main character felt like she was the only character at times. The other characters do interact with her, but not as much with each other, and so much action is focused on her that I felt like the rest of the cast was shipped in from central casting rather than carefully developed and grown in the tale. This became a bit of a problem for me near the end when the heroine has to almost drag the plot to the finish line.
Despite that its a great rear and I'm definitely open to reading more from this author
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