Welcome to semi-alternate universe Victorian England, where girls attend university and conduct scientific experiments, but it’s nonetheless trade and commerce vs. social standing as usual. It’s Bloods vs. Wits, petroleum vs. steam, and things are really coming to a head. Caught in the middle is 17-year-old Claire Trevelyan, a Blood of considerable wit, small w, trying to break into to the world of Wit, large W. Standing in her way? Her snooty mother, a snooty lord, and her sudden lack of fortune.
- If you like a strong, independent heroine…
- if you like a little alternate history…
- if you like steampunk…
- if you want to know what steampunk is, then this book is for you.
Here’s my Rankings:
- 4/5 for characters
- 3/5 for plot
- 3.5/5 overall
REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:
Complete with a worthy heroine, guns that shoot electric current, and a motley crew of lovable, thieving orphans, this novel is a bit fluffy, a bit middle reader, and a lot of fun. Certain aspects are far fetched and even silly, but given the genre, one lets it go. Though it seemed as if the story of the intrepid Claire really didn’t go very far, you have a feeling that the rest of the series only gets better. Check it out: