“Kiss of Steel” is the first book in Bec McMaster’s London Steampunk Series, which she has recently expanded to a spin-off series with “Mission: Improper”. This was my first steampunk read, and while some “true steampunk” readers have critiqued this for not being representative of the genre, it was an excellent introduction to steampunk for me since I already love romance and paranormal. Oh yeah, did I mention that this book has a great paranormal storyline? Let’s dig in!
The Story- Honoria is struggling to keep her family fed after the death of her father and their escape from the cultured world of the Echelon. When she is summoned to the rogue who dared to rebel against high society, she fears that her safe seclusion is at an end. Oh, and there are vampires, robot arms, werewolves, and mechanical soldiers.
My Thoughts- I always have trouble writing a story synopsis for books I really enjoy because I hate giving anything away that the reader would have a much better time reading in the book itself. I had no idea what to expect coming into this book, and I liked it that way. I had trouble putting this book down. It was one of those captivating books where you want to read really fast to find out what happens next, but you know that if you read too fast, you’ll miss some great writing and details. Like a plate of cheese fries you want to devour, but you have to remind yourself to breathe. Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, I loved this world, I really enjoyed the characters, and the story clicked along just right.
The Good- World-building: each layer is revealed like an onion, and the reader is like “oh! That’s what’s happening.” The author also has an amazing vocabulary, which is often lacking in these books, and her attention to detail and description is masterful.
The Bottom Line- I had so much fun reading this book. The author swept me up in her world, and I felt like I was along for the ride. If you are open to steampunk and paranormal, I highly recommend this book, and I intend to finish the series. (So many books; so little time!) For me, this is 5 stars for pure enjoyment.