A Conspiracy of Alchemists (The Chronicles of Light and Shadow #1)
by Liesel Schwarz
Published March 5th 2013
by Del Rey
With the exception of The Friday Society, I found that most of the steampunk books I've read last year was a bit disappointing. Steampunk is such an exciting genre with a lot of possibilities for awesome world building but unfortunately a lot of books got bogged down by uninspiring characters and confusing plotlines. This book happens to be suffering the same fate.
While I find most of the gadgetry wonderfully crafted and imaginative, the characters are kind of flat and one dimensional. Elle is a female pilot and the daughter of a renowned inventor who found herself in a most unusual predicament. Within the first few pages of the book a fairy decided to lodged itself in her bracelet and the next thing we knew she was being abducted by an evil secret society hell bent on stealing a mysterious box given for safekeeping by her client.
I would dearly love for a bit more background on her and the secretive Dark World that the author keep mentioning in the book before embarking on a bumpy ride all over the world to escape the bad guys and later on rescuing Elle's father. And the predictable romance with the so-called Mr. Mash just didn't really add in the story. So while the idea sounds pretty cool in the beginning, I found myself slogging through most of the book.
Verdict: 3 stars.
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