The plot itself was fast-paced, well-developed, and intriguing. The historical background of the 17th century is informative, fascinating, and enjoyable. The inclusion of steampunk and magic added to the story and didn’t upset the balance and expectation the reader has of the time period.
The author’s narrative and writing style is unique. His ability to move from scene to scene effortlessly while still maintaining reader’s attention is by far my favorite part of his story. His use of suspense is intense and well-written.
The character dynamic was fabulous and the banter between characters is easily mixed into the story. Belinda and William were by far the best characters, but even the supportive characters were well-developed and three dimensional on paper. Their personalities were unique and had fun quirks that made them seem more realistic to the reader and easily drew them into the character’s worlds.
As far as typos go, I didn’t notice very many and what few there might have been may have simply been the old way of spelling them. Some of the chapters did seem a little long, but didn’t detract the reader from the story.
Overall I’d give it 4 out of 4 stars. The story was entertaining and fast-paced enough to want to keep reading. Considering I usually have mixed opinions of historical fiction and alternate history historical fiction, this book couldn’t have done better at drawing me in. I would recommend it for people who enjoy historical fiction, alternate history books, fantasy, and steampunk fiction.
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