The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a series I plan to read through to the end, and I definitely hope there will be more after Book Two (“The Girl in the Clockwork Collar,” which I read recently for review). This is a very special series, and Ms. Cross is a very special writer. Even for those who don’t yet like or haven’t been introduced to Steampunk, this book (and the next) are well worth the reading. Ms. Cross introduces and delineates her characters in such a way that we know them immediately as our own. The historical backgrounds are accurately designed-with, of course, the twist that is the nature of Steampunk: mechanization, new technology, and the reliance on mechanization that ought to have logically been a product of the 19th century’s Industrial Revolution).
This volume is set in 1897 Britain, with the Steampunk spin. Here the cohesive group of friends and geniuses led by Griffin King, Duke of Greythorne, are hunting a villain who terms himself “The Machinist,” and uses mechanized automatons to rob and kill. Into this literally comes running sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne, a perfectly ordinary girl in service-who happens to possess a distinctive “dark side.”
“The Girl with the Steel Corset” is a must-read, not-to-be-missed.
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