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I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Eric Asher is the author of one of my favorite series, the Vesik Series. So, going for this series was a no brainer for me, even though it is geared for YA. I wasn't sure what to expect from Saskia Maarleveld as a narrator but she had an interesting voice and I enjoyed listening to it. Steamborn is a steampunk, fantasy trilogy about a young guy with a knack for gadgets and a propensity to getting into trouble. This is the 2nd book of the trilogy. Very enjoyable, even for adults. Well worth a credit but I would recommend going for the boxed set.
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What made the experience of listening to Steamforged the most enjoyable?
Steamforged gives us a look into the world outside of the city of Ancora and into the Deadlands and the city of Bollwerk. Jacob, Alice, Charles and Samuel (a spider knight) travel across the Deadlands to Bollwerk, and new characters are introduced.
While Steamborn was more introductory, Steamforged brings much needed action and suspense to the trilogy. I looked forward to experiencing the places and people which were talked about in the first book.
There's tension and I love delving into the differences between the poor and the rich because a lot of those parts of the story seem to parallel what's going on in the real world. I think there's a message in this story about the lengths the rich will go to in order to protect themselves no matter the heavy cost the poor ends up paying.
Who was your favorite character and why?
My favorite new character was Mary, who's not only a strong and independent woman but also an airship captain (go Mary!). I loved her!
What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The narrator, Saskia Maarleveld, did an amazing job voicing all of the different characters. She has a lovely and pleasant voice to listen to, and her accent is fab! I was impressed with her ability to differentiate the characters so cleanly to where I never had to wonder who was speaking. I'm interested in hearing her also narrate other novels.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Steamforged gave me a lot to think about with terrific characters and stellar writing. I loved it!
Any additional comments?
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.