Steam on the Horizon is one of the books I picked up at OSFest from one of the authors I had the chance to meet at the con.
It's a steampunk novel, the tale of Gavin Roberts, an airman in 1850s Britain. Roberts is first mate of an airship when a boiler explosion damages the ship and kills the captain. As it happens, the captain is the incompetent son of the ruthless owner of the most powerful airship line in London. Roberts makes a deal to acquire the airship. He struggles to make repairs and assemble a crew as a brand-new Captain.
The novel is quite the zippy read. The language can be a bit much at times, but it does evoke something of the style of Victorian literature. There's the usual gears and gadgets as per any steampunk work. The story had some interesting detail touches, such as an inventor's drug habit and references to the Irish Potato Famine.
It's the first book in a series, and I'm interested in seeing where the story goes. Roberts is an interesting character, and the world-building is good.
Heroes, the sixth book in the Blue Pistol series, is now out. Here's what it's about:
The Blue Pistol has been fighting to end slavery in the Settled Domains for years now. When the brother of an ally falls ill, the Blue Pistol sees that slavery isn’t the only problem he faces.
“Ignorance is the problem.”
To combat ignorance, he’ll attack the Slavers Guild on two fronts. His friend Illantia will bring the light of science to the Settled Domains. Meanwhile, his spy in the Guild will seed division and strife among the Guild leadership.
It’s time for the Blue Pistol’s allies to show their superior minds, instead of their superior weapons. Can they rise to the challenge?
This is the last book in the Blue Pistol series. To celebrate, there's a new ebook edition of the first book in the series, Cassia, which will be free for the foreseeable future (starting at Smashwords). You can pick it up, as well as Heroes, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords right now.