Genre: Steampunk YA fantasy
An example of how good indie work can be (and for me that means a great story plus beautifully edited). This book was reviewed through the Blog tour – Tour de Troops.
Recently orphaned, left a substantial fortune by her father, but in the care of his unfeeling business partner Mr Marchpane and his wife. Only a few hours hours after they arrive it’s decided that she should be moved out of her room and into the attic to make space for the Marchpane’s son Simon. At first glance this may not be the most original opening (it reminded me vaguely of Jane Eyre or Cinderella) but that’s where the similarities end.
Miriam must learn how to behave under harsh rule of Mrs Marchpane and luckily for her, the new governess Miss Postulate appears from out of nowhere to help her do just that. There are several questions flying around as you read this fast-paced and cleverly written book, such as:
- Who is Miss Postulate and what is her objective?
- What is this mysterious device the Marchpanes are looking for?
- Can the Cantwells be trusted?
- What’s the purpose of the strange circles that Simon and Neil find?
The book comes in three parts. The first cleverly sets up the characters and their respective relationships. The second answers many of the questions posed (above), and the (shorter) third section sets up the story for its sequel.
Needless to say, the next book (Devil’s Kitchen) is on my christmas list… 😉