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An alternate world/steam punk trilogy where the luddite revolt suceeded in putting measures in place to limit technology.
The story follows a determined female protagonist/adventurist as she seeks to earn a living as an investigator while avoiding her creditors and sleazy aristocrats.
The mysteries at the heart of the stores are more pulp than Sherlockian, but well written for all that. The world presented is interesting , the characters likeable in the main, and the story moves along in a nice style.
The books do use a few well-used tropes, but in the main these do not overwhelm the enjoyment.
While taking some predictable swipes at the old-fashioned male dominated society, they're not insightful (nor are they meant to be) and are used to support the story.
The balance lends itself to a enjoyable story that works well, and while not looking to ask any deep questions this is fine as this is clearly intended to be an entertaining adventure yarn rather than challenging or groundbreaking scifi...and in the main it succeeds in this.
Despite the tropes, it is never stodgy and holds the interest to the end.
Gemma Whelans performance is good. Her voice suits the range of characters and story, and never becomes dull. Your attention is kept throughout and characters are (in the main) clearly distinguishable.
Overall, this is a decent trilogy, and particularly good value if you're getting all 3 books for a single credit.
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This is a wonderful trilogy.
Gemma Whelan’s narration is wonderful, absolutely in tune with the character of Elizabeth
I listened to these novels in marathon sessions over three days.
It’s the first of the genre I’ve encountered and recommend highly.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful