Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.
Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.
But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on—even if it seems no one believes her.
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain — that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. (Wikipedia)
Ohhhhhh, okay. I’ve read something along these lines before, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.
After finishing The Girl in the Steel Corset, I have to say I’d recommend you read Clockwork Angel first.
This is an interesting book, and I was never at risk of putting it down. But it just didn’t click for me. Rather than focusing on the human relationships – which really make a book for me – too much time was focused on describing things. Anything, really: the clothes people were wearing, their hairstyles and especially the machinery.
Not being totally familiar with steampunk, I’m thinking maybe this is part of the genre? The details of the steampunkery machines and the outfits in order to set the scene? Not sure. But it just didn’t work for me.
Plus: Oy, with the love triangles already.
Any recommendations on other books to try in this genre? I’m definitely up for trying another. Let me know in the comments!
Many thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin for my review copy of this book.