This is one of those stories that gets under your skin and consumes your soul. Ms. Lash’s debut novel is a rare treasure indeed. Rarely do books these days move me to tears, but this historical Christian novel with just a dash of steampunk and fantasy did just that. I reviewed this book back when it first released but somehow I must have forgotten to post it here, so I’m going to rewrite it because this book deserves it!!
One of the things I loved most about this book was the characters. They are so real they felt like my friends by the time I finished reading, and left me longing for more. They made me laugh, they made me cry, they made me mad, they made me sigh…Jonathan was such a terrific tragic hero, truly swoon worthy and at other times SO FRUSTRATINGLY MALE lol. I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Izzy was spunky, fragile and so real, I felt as if she were a mirror of myself at times. And Tubs, don’t get me started on him because I could talk all day about him.
I’m not usually a huge fan of historical fiction, but this story cured me for the genre. Ms. Lash had such a fresh perspective on how she dealt with history and yet made it her own world at the same time, with hints of steampunk technology and just whispers of fantasy. Her White Wolf legend was absolutely stunning, and how she weaved it throughout the story…so well done.
Usually, I like to leave at least one constructive comment on what I would have liked to have seen differently, but I loved everything about this book. I think the only thing I can say is, “I wish it hadn’t made me cry” LOL because it truly was wrenching at times, yet the ending is so full of hope and left room for the next book in the series. I can’t wait to read book two.
Content: I would rate this story PG-13 for thematic elements. There is no language or sexuality in this book.