Review: Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War by R. Preston

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Publisher: Amazon
Publishing Date: November 2013
ISBN: 9781477807682
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4.6/5.0

Publisher Description: The frozen wasteland of Snow World—known as Southern California before an alien invasion decimated civilization—is home to warring steampunk clans. Crankshafts, Imperials, Tinskins, Brineboilers, and many more all battle one another for precious supplies, against ravenous mutant beasts for basic survival, and with the mysterious Founders for their very freedom.

Review: Wow, another epic chronicle in the Romulus Buckle saga. This novel has it all…adventure, great character and scene development, suspense and a cool cover to wrap it in. This novel never really falls flat, anywhere. Usually a novel will have some down time, depending on how the story-line is being developed. For example, at the bedside of an injured Max, the author transports you into her Martian dream-scaping that is at once compelling and unsettling. The war scenes are very well crafted and carry this humanistic element throughout, as seen through the eyes and feelings of Buckle. There is compassion, anger, love….all the emotions that we know so well, that rampage through the pages.

In the first novel, we had no sense if Buckle was a man with human needs. We began to see the burgeoning interest expressed by Max, Buckle’s chief engineer. In this installment, Buckle is confused by his feelings for Max, Sabrina and quite possibly Valkyrie, princess of the Imperial clan. The women that fly with Buckle on the Pneumatic Zeppelin are smarter than Buckle, capable and, well, hot. There is this constant tension that occurs between Buckle and the women in his world.

This was a great read, better than the City of the Founders, in that there was constant well developed scenes with good character involvement and movement. In the next installment Buckle is going to Atlantis to find his sister and I can’t wait to be there with them.

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