Fun Steampunk adventures
This book is all three stories in one, so I will review
each individual story below.
Ruler of Rats
The series starts us off with Tori and her three husbands
looking to take over the “Rats” – the people so low of class that anyone of
actual class pretends that they don’t exist. They have no official status or
place in society at all. But, they have their own society, of sorts, which has
traditionally been organised to benefit whoever is in charge, but Tori wishes
to change that. But, in order to take over the Rats, she has to perform a task –
steal a well-guarded necklace.
This was a nice, fun adventure, but what I found it
lacked was the purpose of the mission; this item obviously has some value, so
what is its story?
The book does end with a time jump, but it doesn’t disturb
the continuation of the story in the following book.
Rating: ★★★★☆ – Really
Collector of Rats
In this second adventure, Tori decides to call in a debt.
But, considering how the story has gone so far, it won’t be easy at all. She
needs all her wits about her to complete the task, along with the assistance of
her beloved husbands. Luckily the target doesn’t know about her relationship
status, so they are able to play their difficult mark together.
This, for me, was the least interesting of the three
stories. There was minimal adventure, with the main part of the story being the
encounter with the “villain”.
This story also ends with a time jump, which left me to
start wondering about what their ages must be at this point.
Rating: ★★★☆☆ – Sort of
Yuletide of Rats
This, I must admit, was the best of the three stories,
most prominently for attacking such a complicated subject. It had a “nice”
twist in it, with a historical reveal that actually linked back to one of Tori’s
husbands. In fact, two of her husbands were affected by the situation. It is
hard to say anymore without actually revealing any spoilers!
This also ended with yet another time jump so, if I’m assuming they’re still around eighteen when they start, it would make them in their late forties by the end of this story. Not such spring chickens anymore!
Oh, and there was a sort of reference to the necklace
from the first book, but it was a little bit dismissive, really. In the end,
there was no mystery?! That was probably the most disappointing part of it all.
Rating: ★★★★☆ – Really
All stories considered, there was some fun to be had
across their broad spectrum. With all the usual Steampunk accessories, like
steam cars and airships, as well as some steam pistols (I must admit, I still
prefer flintlocks). It gave a flirty nod to the genre, rather than bringing flesh
blood to it.
And another thing to note, there is a surprising lack of children about. Now, no sex is fine, as you can have plenty of fun in a book without it, making this more a young-adult story, but it did feel a little like there was something else missing.
Final rating (rounded up): ★★★★☆ – Really liked