*I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Summary: Larissa Markus is a humble clerk in a clothing shop with a hidden past when she is swept off her feet by the charismatic Professor. Their whirlwind romance explodes in her face and leads her down a tumultuous path of adventure, intrigue, love and violence. Airships, pirates, corsets, torture, murder, and more await in the first novel of the Blood and Destiny Series from E.C. Jarvis.
The Machine is an adult steampunk fantasy book. Possible triggers are present within the book including but not limited to sex, murder, torture, and violence.
Genres: Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Steampunk
My thoughts: This adult steampunk novel is centered around a girl named Larissa who lived a seemingly normal life until she met the Professor. He has an air of mystery to him that grows the moment he is taken hostage because he created a powerful machine. This causes Larissa and the Professor’s assistant, Cid, to go after whoever took the Professor in hopes of saving him before it is too late. Their journey takes them to new levels where they meet enigmatic people and have to fight in order to survive and try to find the Professor again.
It has been a while since I have read a steampunk novel and I really enjoyed this one because it was a quick read that I never got bored of. The story is told in multiple perspectives which allowed the reader to see the story unfold from all angles rather than simply following one protagonist, and that was one aspect that I always enjoy in a fantasy novel. Throughout the action packed story full of adventure, there were subtle character developments that took place which I really admired. Larissa changed from this meek girl into a fierce fighter who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted. Her character growth was refreshing to read about along with the other characters who changed as the story progressed.
There were two things that I wished the author focused more on throughout the novel, though. One was the world building. I wished that there were more descriptions of the world created in this book along with more steampunk elements that could have been discussed further. By having more details of the world thrown into the story, it has the potential to grip readers more and make them feel as though they are in the story right alongside the characters. Another aspect that threw me off was the way that one of the plot twists was introduced at the end of the novel. It was thrown into the story without much tension building or any genuine reaction from the main characters and I wished that was fleshed out more in order to impact that readers.
Other than that, the story was very entertaining and a quick fantasy read. I especially cannot wait for the sequel considering this story left me with many questions I am desperate to get answers to.
Book Info: Rambunctious Ramblings Publishing Inc.