I just finished reading The Flight to Brassbright, Vol. 1 of The Brassbright Chronicles, by Lori Holuta. Now I have to admit that Lori is a friend of mine, and she let me read an earlier version of this story. On the other hand, I paid for the final version myself, and that is the book that I’m recommending to you.
Rather than attempting to summarize the story, I will point you to the description on her blog, The Brassbright Chronicle. I have a feeling that authors spend a lot of time finely crafting a description that teases you with the plot, tries to draw you in, and makes you want to purchase something they’ve spent untold hours creating alone in a room. How can I describe their work any better? Go read Lori’s description. I’ll be here when you get back.
In only a few pages, I found myself grinning and ready to follow Constance anywhere. Both Constance and Lori have a true love for words. The characters that Lori created are so lively that it was hard to say goodbye when circumstances had Constance moving along. Constance herself has an infectious can-do spirit and positive energy. As the novel progressed, she learned how to weave tales of her own. She had the crew of an airship (and myself as well) on the edge of their seats with the mysteries of what she saw in the ladies’ lounge.
I found the steampunk setting of Industralia a nice break from the dystopian landscapes found in so many current YA books. There’s always a little grit in a steampunk world, but I noticed several dark alleys that the author chose not to travel. Instead we bounce along in a wagon, soar in an airship, and walk down crowded city streets as Constance discovers herself and where in the world she belongs.
This book was a lot of fun to read and ended too soon. To ease that pain, Lori released a short story featuring the kids of Steamkettle Bay and promises more novels to come. You can keep up with her latest news on her blog. The series’ Facebook page features progress on her writing as well as Victorian curiosities. If you prefer Twitter, you can follow her there as well. Finally, try the free sample of the book offered in the digital format of your choice and see if Constance grabs you by the hand as well and pulls you along on her wild adventure.
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