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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Breath of Earth by Beth Cato


In one of my previous reviews I stated that "Cato is becoming a force to be reckoned with".   I will revise that by removing the word "becoming"  and change it to "absolutely, positively, butt kicking force".   This novel introduces a new character and hopefully is just the first of many stories to follow.

An alternative world setting in 1906 provides the scene.   Women are treated in a despicable fashion that sadly was pretty much true in that time period's reality.  One of the things I liked about this book was that Cato based her story on actual events and actual mores.   That certainly doesn't detract for the fantastical elements imbued in both the setting and the characters.

Cato did her homework.   The basis of her discrimination was sadly accurate.  History frequently ignores events that are either embarrassing or politically sensitive. Genocide has plagued reality on all together too many historical occasions. 

If you haven't noticed by particular bias in past reviews, I will draw note to the fact that I enjoy fictional butt kicking females as well as surrounding myself in day to day life by accomplished strong women.  I have a section on my blog in an homage to strong women. 

Ingrid hides her magic and enormous frustration well.  In what appears to be both a prejudicial and misogynistic society her mixed race has dictated her seemingly dominated personality.  Unbeknownst to the Wardens she serves, she has secrets that could literally knock them off their feet.  She finds herself in the company of other misfits who must discover who is threatening the security of America.  

Fenris, Jennings and Lee accompany and support her adventures, all of whom have deep dark secrets of their own.  

Cato has crafted a world that I like even better than the Clockwork world.  My reviews of several her books are below.  

I highly recommend.  

Site:  http://www.bethcato.com/


This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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