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“Devon Monk rocks—her unique setting and powerful characters aren’t to be missed!”
— New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews
About the Author
Devon Monk has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. Surrounded by numerous colorful family members, she lives in Oregon. She has sold over fifty short stories to fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, and young adult magazines and anthologies. She has been published in five countries and included in a year's best fantasy collection.
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I would - and do - recommend this series to anyone who loves the old west, to anyone who loves steampunk, to anyone wanting to dip a toe into either, but especially to anyone who loves to read. Devon Monk is an exquisite writer!
Again, the setting is an alternate steampunk version of America and the westward expansion, as it never was, of course, but as it is cleverly re-imagined to have been. The book begins with the same group of players from "Dead Iron," on their journey to take the witch, Mae, back to her coven who are calling (forcing) her home through some pretty wicked mind games that nearly destroy her. This doesn't sit well with our hero, Cedar Hunt, who is definitely sweet on Mae. And their journey is made even harder by the evil Mr. Shunt, who has managed to pull himself back together-literally, with needle and thread-in order to chase them down and wreak havoc at every turn. (Did I mention that Mr. Shunt is one of the scariest Bad Guys I've ever read about? Geesh, he makes me shiver!)
Battles and drama ensue, and new characters are introduced, and all done with a flair for pulling readers into this world. Devon Monk has a way with words that I really enjoy. She often uses very elegant phrasing to describe the most ordinary of things. Height: "Hink scraped up a full six foot, three inches..." Daybreak: "Dawn had taken the bruise off the night..." The sky: "Morning had chalked clouds across the sky." I purely love unexpected phrases of this nature, so the book gets an extra point for that style of writing alone.
If you are only familiar with Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom series, you might be very surprised with this one. The Age of Steam series shows a completely different side of Monk's writing skills. Her voice is stronger, her prose more eloquent, and the excitement and pacing much, much better. At least in my opinion, which I get to express here, because hey...my review!
If you want your rip-roaring adventures to coincide with some well-developed characters and thoughtful relationships, this series is loads of fun. The Age of Steam is completely addictive!