|I really should have loved this book. It certainly covered
the bases. The setting is beautifully conceived a fantasy set in an alternative
earth where the glaciers have not retreated, and Brigantia is still joined to the rest of
Europa. Its the Augustan Year 1837, and there are Zeppelins. There are also temples
and there is magic. So, you can call it steampunk fantasy. It has to be cool
characters are well conceived, and the plot works its very Machiavellian. The
Cold Mage Andevai has been sent by Four Moons House to claim the eldest daughter of the
Hassi Barahal family in marriage. Of course, when it turns out that shes not whom
she appears to be, the Mansa of Four Moons is not amused and orders her killed, so that
Andevai can marry the right girl. She escapes, and leads the Cold Mages on a merry chase.
However, there was something not quite right
when I put it down, I found I had
frequently lost not just the plot, but also the page. The book somehow hadnt grabbed
me, and Im still not sure why.