Author: Geonn Cannon
Publisher: Supposed Crimes
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 3.50 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/01/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Lesbian, Steampunk
In 1899, a secret society tried to use a young woman to bring an ancient evil into the world. Twenty years later they will return to finish the job.
After the Great War, London is settling once more into the gentle routine of peacetime. The airships that once protected England’s coast now ferry people back and forth across the Thames, the magically-inclined are free to return to their normal work, and those who seek treasures left behind by ancient civilizations are again free to explore. Dorothy Boone shunned a life of luxury to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps by uncovering the mysteries of “the worlds that came before ours.” When a package explodes upon delivery to Lady Boone’s townhouse, she is drawn into an unlikely alliance with her nemesis, Trafalgar of Abyssinia, to find the culprit.
They soon find themselves unraveling a plot that has left many of their allies dead and the rest in fear for their lives. A group of treasure hunters with a fiendish plot to take over England has begun eliminating its competition in order to fund an expedition to retrieve the last item they need for a summoning that will bring an ancient evil into our world. With no one else to trust, Trafalgar and Boone must put aside their differences and forge a partnership to stop their mutual enemy. If they fail, a world that still bears the scars of the Great War will be once again thrown into turmoil.
Welcome to the world of Trafalgar and Boone, a world where airships battled in a Great War that was fought by soldiers who utilized magic and summoned monsters to do their bidding, a world that they must defend by working together to stop an evil far greater than either of them could ever have imagined.
I expected this book to be a romance, because, well, that’s obviously nearly all I read, and therefore every book has to be a romance, right, Mel? Um… No! (This happened to me once before when all I had been reading were vampire books, so of course the secret Christian Grey was hiding had to be him being a bloody vampire. Yes. Right.) Heh… Anyway, so this is not a romance, but a steampunk adventure story with lesbian protagonists. I mean, that’s also really cool, right? Right!
Kick-arse heroines… I can never get enough of that. They were strong, sensible, funny, but still women, and not, you know, males sans penises. As for female representation, this was really great and filled me with joy.
Apart from that, we have one African and one Asian protagonist. So, like, really diverse, huh? Noticed the light snark here?
So, here’s the thing, I feel it’s not enough to say someone has a certain nationality or has roots in a certain country, and maybe provide some background story connected to it. After my first glee about the diverse female cast, I increasingly wondered whether it made any difference, because, plainly spoken, both felt to me like any other white character.
This might result from all the characters reading more or less the same, to be fair, but I don’t know if that’s really any better. So besides the outer differences, I couldn’t really make anything out that set them all apart.
Plot and adventure wise, this book is neat and simple. So, quite good, but also nothing to shout out about. No real twists or surprises, just plain adventure and we have to prevent the world from doom stuff, like Indiana Jones, you know?
So, my rating does not mirror that this book wasn’t a romance like I expected, because that simply would not be fair and stupid. I loved the female characters, the plot was good, but the lack of real diversity and the lack of anything special only make this a 3.5 star read for me.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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