Thursday, October 25, 2012

Steampunk Chronicles, by Kady Cross

Steampunk Book Review The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

Steampunk may have once been obscure, but as a literary genre it has come into it's own, with a vast range of fiction works across multiple sub genres. The latest steampunk series I've been reading is Kady Cross's Steampunk Chronicles, with the first book being The Girl in the Steel Corset, the second, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, and the third (not published yet, but I can't wait!), The Girl with the Iron Touch.

One of the wonderful things about steampunk being set in Victorian times, is that is enables authors to give their work a feminist streak by placing female characters in a society where they really have to fight for their rights. Finley Jayne is one kick-ass character. As was probably common in 1897, a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, but not being particularly meek of mind, or strength, Finley fights back. She's quite capable of knocking a man out with a punch, and while she is concerned what her dark side could mean, Finley loves her abilities and thrives on them. She's a character who isn't afraid of much - not of men, or dark alleys, or monsters... The only thing Finley is afraid of is herself, which makes for a very interesting character.

Steampunk Book Review The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

The setting is another strong element in this series. This first book is set in London, while the second is set in New York. Both cities are brought to life by Cross, from dark alleyways to glamorous balls. It's simply spectacular, and a visionary feast for your mind. Setting plays a huge part in steampunk, as it often contrasts the gritty underbelly of society with alluring aristocracy. That, combined with the seamless integration of technology with shouldn't work, but does with complete believability is what makes this series so incredible.

If you like your steampunk mixed in with action and a dash of romance, Kady Cross's Steampunk Chronicles will leave you as eager for book 3 as I am.

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