Stirling's steampunk alternate WWI comes to an initial, satisfying finale (hopefully to be continued!). In this book, unlike the first two, we see our two heroines entirely on the defensive, while their enemy (German soldier/spy Horst) attempts another attack on American soil. Luz and Ciara are as delightful and daring as ever, however, as they journey back to conquered Mexico, where Luz initially earned her spurs as a Black Chamber agent. This series continues the extremely well-researched and deeply thought-out exploration of an alternate WWI in which Teddy Roosevelt takes the reins, and if you enjoy fictionalized history, this series is a must-read.
(Some minor spoilers continue)
I found the penultimate chapters a little rushed and anticlimactic after all the buildup, but I think that in itself was intentional—in any successful defensive action, the devil should be in the details and the preparation, rather than in the battle. Other than that minor whinge, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Luz and Ciara have rapidly become one of my favorite fictional couples, and the political exploration of "progressive" fascism in the US is fascinating.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group (10 March 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 039958627X
- ISBN-13: 978-0399586279
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 390 g
- Customer Reviews: 16 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)