For the most part I enjoyed 'Assassins of the Steam Age' for what it was, good action and adventure and a bit of a mystery, some characterization was thrown in or out as the plot thickened - and those seeking a matriarchal society should look elsewhere. This isn't a society with much gender equality or female empowerment.simmar.it/includes/police/3446.php
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Yes, there is a queen Din Nasin and a female inventor Taziri and a exiled Aztec princess Qhora , and the main antagonist and her cohorts are females but there are male cou For the most part I enjoyed 'Assassins of the Steam Age' for what it was, good action and adventure and a bit of a mystery, some characterization was thrown in or out as the plot thickened - and those seeking a matriarchal society should look elsewhere. Yes, there is a queen Din Nasin and a female inventor Taziri and a exiled Aztec princess Qhora , and the main antagonist and her cohorts are females but there are male counterparts who exceed their strengths and achievements, and ultimately win the day.
Syfax is a marshal of Marrakesh, and he and his partner Kenan urge the engineer Taziri after the explosion at a airfield to use her experimental electrical, not steam airship to chase after a rogue Ambassador Chaou on the airship Copper Crake. With her captain Isoke Geroubi injured, and despite a daughter and husband waiting for her at home, and her own injuries, Taziri takes along Kenan, Syfax, their prisoner Medur Hamuy once of Lady Sade's employ , and a doctor named Evander who desires to go to Orossa under the Queen's papers for his own reasons upon her airship, the Halcyon.
Along the way they save a pilot by the name of Ghanima, and Detective Kella who has her hands full with Lady Sade's assassins like Shifrah Dumah and a Doctor Medina that links to events in the disturbing trend of animal and human experimentation with mechanical technology. It's a race against time to save the Queen and her family in Orossa, one which the exiled Aztec princess Qhora and her lover Lorenzo may suffer as the 'Trojan Horse' of Lady Sade's plots One thing is certain, after this, none of their lives will be the same.
Dec 07, Belinda Lewis rated it did not like it Shelves: Can't get into it and there are so many other books in the world. Mar 29, Rick rated it really liked it Shelves: Finished this morning, need to write my review this weekend. Oct 27, Ada Campbell rated it it was ok. Cannot really get interested in this story, so I am giving up on it for now. It does not have much going for it, no world building, no character building, everyone is just there with very little backgrounds or explanations.
I feel like this should be a book four or five of a series where the author assumes you already know the world and characters so he doesn't bother to put it into the story. I might come back to it during the winter when I don't have much to do. Jan 20, Kim Coffman rated it did not like it. I didn't like this book. The plot was boring and the dialogue was stilted and unrealistic. I made it about half way before I started just skimming.
Jan 24, Michelle rated it it was ok Shelves: I had always wanted to get into some good steampunk worksadly, this was not the place for it. While the author demonstrates skill in describing a scene or environment, the characters and dialogue fall flat and the plot is just uninteresting. For whatever reason, I could find no connection to any of the characters.
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There was no setup for the characters. You get a moment with Taziri to establish she cares for her family, and then off we go. Most of how things happened just didn't seem believable I had always wanted to get into some good steampunk worksadly, this was not the place for it. Most of how things happened just didn't seem believable.
While everything is always about plot, the skill comes in being able to obfuscate that fact. That did not happen here.
Syfax is bored with the antagonistswhich in turn made me bored. There was no real threat as far as I was concerned. Taziri suddenly realizes that she could have saved the world if she had only kept inventing! She could have stopped ALL of this from happening, even down to the riots.
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She is the chosen one. It came off as more pretentious and arrogant than any epiphany.
For a short read, something to kill time, it is fair enough. Just don't expect too much. Feb 10, Charlie rated it it was ok. This does not do it for me. I have trued, but I cannot find compassion for any of the characters and while there are multiple threads throughout, I do not care what happens in any of them.
In the end, this just does not do anything for me. Aug 07, John Mann rated it liked it Shelves: I wanted to give this book 4 stars - it almost warranted it. I'm interested enough in the story to keep reading the next books, though. Plenty of action and character building here.
I was a little confused why Qhora and her mate?
Yes, their presence was integral to the plot, but their character depth wasn't necessary at all. The problem is that there is history of the characters that hasn't happened yet in book one! This means there's quite a few spoilers hiding in there, so don't read the glossary if you don't want to know what will happen in future books.
Nov 12, Krissys rated it it was amazing Shelves: I cannot begin to express the epic story telling and writing that is in this story. I recently picked up his Angels and Djinn book and I can't wait to get it started. I think that the Assassins of the Steam Age would translate well into a game because its got all the tellings of a story that would interest gamers and enough suspense that could play well into some fun action sequences.
I know it proba I cannot begin to express the epic story telling and writing that is in this story. I know it probably sounds bizarre but that's how it played out in my mind as I read the book. Such is the beauty of steampunk. Apr 18, C. S Bernhardt rated it really liked it. This was a great book. One of the best as far as plot and story goes that I've read in a while.
I couldn't stop reading. I really wanted to give this book a five star and would have till I got to the end. Unfortunately the end left me with my mouth open it just stopped. That a side I will be reading the next book.
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