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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Guild Conspiracy by Brooke Johnson

Steampunk is always a curious genre.   The Brass Giant was the beginning of a series called the Chroniker City.   It was a romantic steampunk story and I liked it anyway.   The Pygmalion quality of the story was not overdone although the well to do boy meets down trodden girl is somewhat overworked, in general.    This volume, Petra is alone, Emmerich has been sent to France and Petra is fighting for recognition as an engineer and to prevent a war.

Petra Wade is fighting for a place in a male dominated world.   Even with equal rights, statistically, even today the number of female engineers is far less than male engineers.   In Chroniker City, Petra is fighting a severe uphill battle to become a mechanical engineer.  Braith is a soldier set to guard Petra and keep her from "sabotaging"  Julian's plans for war.    Braith becomes Petra's confident instead of guard and the two work together to stop a war.

The steampunk part is aptly included by the quadruped war machine and the sailing ships that fly.

There is action, romance and a modicum of violence.   There is also an underpinning theme of true equal rights.

I highly recommend the book.

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