steampunk romp through an alternate Victorian London
Cogman has created a great adventure in a fabulous steampunk London with a vibrant heroine, Irene, and her distractingly handsome assistant, Kai.
She’s had great fun populating her London with delightfully fashioned baddies: mechanical centipedes, robotically controlled alligators, a Fairy Ambassador of Liechtenstein, a ghoulishly fiendish villain, Alberich; and stolid Victorian allies including Inspector Singh and Mr Vale, the Earl of Leeds. Her sheer exhilaration and imaginative force is a delight to read as these characters tumble across the pages. Her overarching theme of an Invisible Library linking many alternate worlds adds to the pleasure and the possibilities for further stories. She wraps it up nicely with a thrilling climax and, in doing so, lays down the springboard for the second in her series, The Masked City, which came out in the UK on 3rd December 2015.