It’s rare in romance to find an uncompromisingly strong heroine and even rarer to find a hero who understands how to love such a woman. This book gets it just right.
There’s a lot of world building in this book, some of which follows on from The Iron Duke. It’s possible to read this as a stand alone novel, but it may be more satisfying to read the series in order.
The romance in is relatively understated. Fox is determined to prolong his romantic agony. Yasmeen, of course, tells him he’s being ridiculous, but Fox has his reasons. Brook could have developed this aspect of his character more, but Fox is so much fun that it hardly matters.
This book might have worked for me ten years ago, but now I’m just left wanting more.The mysteries surrounding the differFull review at Book Thingo.
This book might have worked for me ten years ago, but now I’m just left wanting more.The mysteries surrounding the different characters’ abilities were intriguing and kept me invested in the story, despite the many info dumps along the way. And yet I felt that author Kady Cross focused too much on the mystery plot surrounding who The Machinist was and what he planned to do, at the expense of deep and solid world building.
Abilities and talents are revealed piecemeal, which is fine if somehow they’re brought together at the end to serve the bigger picture. It didn’t really work for me; parts of the plot still seemed very vague at the end and left me unsatisfied.
My other gripe is that many of the characters feel derivative. The underworld figure of Jack Dandy seems like a barely disguised sketch of The Pirates of The Caribbean’s Jack Sparrow. Sam, the enigmatic part-automaton, closely resembles Wolverine from X-Men (film). Maybe this is the way the author planned it, but if so, the characters pale against their much more well-rendered film counterparts, and the comparison only highlights the book’s weaknesses.
Having an ensemble cast doesn’t help, as Cross tries to do justice to each one. The effect, unfortunately, is to dilute everyone.
This book was an entertaining if not altogether satisfying read, but it should appeal to readers who are after a bit of adventure and mystery without taking it all too seriously.
An advanced reading copy of this book was generously provided by Mills and Boon Australia....more