Author: Rhys Ford
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reece Notley
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 05/12/2016
Length: 02 hours 10 minutes
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Steampunk
The British Empire reigns supreme, and its young Queen Victoria has expanded her realm to St. Francisco, a bustling city of English lords and Chinese ghettos. St. Francisco is a jewel in the Empire’s crown and as deeply embroiled in the conflict between the Arcane and Science as its sister city, London—a very dark and dangerous battle.
Marcus Stenhill, Viscount of Westwood, stumbles upon that darkness when he encounters a pack of young bloods beating a man senseless. Westwood’s duty and honor demand he save the man, but he’s taken aback to discover the man is Robin Harris, a handsome young inventor indirectly responsible for the death of Marcus’s father.
Living in the shadows following a failed coup, Robin devotes his life to easing others’ pain, even though his creations are considered mechanical abominations of magicks and science. Branded a deviant and a murderer, Robin expects the viscount to run as far as he can—and is amazed when Marcus reaches for him instead.
I’m not usually a fan of steampunk but I chose this audiobook to review because Rhys Ford is such a talented author that I knew she would do well with the subject.
Plus, Greg Tremblay. I’d listen to him narrate the dictionary.
Beverly reviewed the ebook a while back and you can check it out HERE.
I absolutely LOVED this story. I was so swept up in the sweet tale of Marcus and Robin. Ford did such a great job with these guy’s personalities. Marcus is one of the upper crust but he’s not spoiled. Robin has been through a lot but he didn’t give up helping others and has the biggest heart, despite his pain.
There are a couple things that I’d like to echo from Beverly’s review.
This is a beautifully written steam punk novella and one of the few I’ve read where the dystopian vision did not overpower the story line. Steam punk and Dystopian Fantasy and Sci-Fi, are usually amazingly constructed and visualised but often very depressing. This story however, is not and there is an HEA and a bright ending.
There was great world-building here but thankfully it didn’t overshadow the amazing characters and their love story.
Like Beverly, I also loved the 19th century era of language. It added authenticity to the setting.
I have to give a shout-out to Marcus’s grandmother. She was absolutely heavenly and hilarious. A true unforgettable character.
What can I say about Greg Tremblay that hasn’t already been said by me or other reviewers? He is consistently one of the absolute best narrators in the business. Here, he nailed the accents and language of all the characters. Thanks to his sultry voice I was totally hooked on this book from beginning to end.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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