I make an effort not to read other reviews on a book before I write one. Personally I like to keep my comments brief as I do not want to inadvertently dump a spoiler. This book is the second in the series and I did not read the first book. It is an alternative reality steampunk novel set in Victorian England.
The Wildenstern's are a powerful factor in the
British Empire, perhaps the most powerful faction. They run the North American Trading Company
that generates enormous incomes and power for the family. The old expression of "What is good
for General Motors is good for America" could be applied to the way the Wildenstern's
saw their place in the Empire. Also
power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" could be applicable
and that is the last semi quote I will use.
Nathaniel Wildenstern is the primary protagonist and his goal is to support his brother in changing the behavior of his family. Berto, his wife Daisy and Nathaniel are set on cleaning up a family that is not known for civil behavior particularly when it comes to the ascension of power within the family.
The engimals, animal machine hybrids add a nice touch to the story. The not so spontaneous combustion of women around
I would have preferred to read the first book prior to this but it stands alone fairly well.
I think I have provided enough information without going into the details that lead to spoilers.
I will be reading the next book.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.