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Review of the first volume

By lizo27, member

Apr 27, 2014: After reading the first volume of this serial, I must say I am hooked. The writing is crisp and clear, despite the occasional grammatical misstep, making for quick and easy reading. The steampunk elements are creative and it’s clear that a great deal of thought has been put into how these elements would would function. Dodger makes for a likeable and engaging narrator, and I’m already intrigued by the secrets he’s keeping.

So what keeps it from being a four-star? The pacing. Despite the chapters being quick reads, I had a problem with the plot. The way the train functions and the fact that Dodger will take the job are established in the summary, so drawing those reveals out for three chapters and the entire volume, respectively, seemed a bit excessive. On the other hand, the information about Boon was stuffed into a single chapter.

Despite some issues with pacing, this is a fun read, and I can recommend it to anyone who enjoys steampunk or westerns.

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