Review: The Iron Ship by K.M. McKinley

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Publisher: Rebellion/Solaris

Publishing Date: May 2015

ISBN: 9781781083505 

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.9/5

Publisher Description: In these turbulent days, fortunes can be won. Magic runs strong in the Kressind family. Six siblings strive – one to triumph in a world of men, one to survive murderous intrigue, one to master forbidden sorcery, one to wash away his sins, one to contain the terrible energies of his soul.  And one will do the impossible, by marrying the might of magic and iron in the heart of a great ship, to cross an ocean that cannot be crossed. 

Review: This novel follows the lives of the individual Kressind siblings as they make their way in an epic world built from ancient majiks colliding with science that appeals to a wondrous sense of synergy.  

The character development is astounding. There is constant movement coupled to intense characterization as to be immediately caught up in any characters particular instance. Captain Rel Kressind is sent to the Black Sands for shagging the wife of some noble, the story of which, could ride as a stand-alone novel in and of itself. Changelings, shape shifters, glass fortresses, huge modalman and Dracons top out this frontier borderland that verges on the insane. Guis Kressind, of a fractal mind, has inherent mage abilities that lie stunted as his will struggles with the darkling within. Katriona Kressind possessing the most business intellect and begrudged her fathers legacy, seeks to build an empire of her own. Aarin Kressind guides and releases the souls of the departed, accompanied by two animated corpses.  The myriad story lines thread around the building of a great iron ship, designed by Trassand Kressind, master engineer. 

Truly a wonderfully written novel that embraces excellence in story line and character development and an expansive world building that you can barely get your head around.  This author joins Michael J. Sullivan as another of my favorite authors, and like Michaels works, I look forward to the next.

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