I am a sucker for Steampunk, and I have a Steampunk trilogy for the next couple of weeks. Well, here we go.
By Scott Westerfeld
Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.
Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.
With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected ways, taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.
Aleksander, heir–Sort of– to the Austro-Hungarian throne wakes up one day and is whisked off away from his palace by two of his teachers. He is unknown to what is happening, and is told to drive a family Stormwalker that he has never driven before. As he flees, he learns that his parents are dead, and war is beginning.
Deryn Sharp –Daryl Sharp– is a midshipman in the British Air Force. He/She is a brilliant airman and a genius at what she does. But when her ship crashes in the Swiss Mountains, all hope seems bleak.
Eventually these two meet, and form an unlikely bond, Clanker and Darwinist, and ally together to stop the war and reseat Alek on the throne.
As a steampunk enthusiast I was quite amazed at how good the book was. I was able to keep with the story really well most of the time. There were a few holes where time went by and some events happened, that I never saw, but it was a good, enthralling read.
The next blog post will be on The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud. I am under way on reading book two, since the series is absolutely hysterical.
Well, See you guys next week.
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