It’s no real secret to those who know me that I’ve been easing my way into steampunk over the past few months as I work on a novel that’s something of a foray into the genre.
One book I recently enjoyed was The Exile’s Violin by R.S. Hunter. As a gamer as well as fantasy author, I appreciate good worldbuilding. I love stories where the author has put an intense amount of thought into how things work and what the cultures are like within their universe, as well as considered things like character and plot. Exile is one of those novels where I read it and instantly thought “I really want to play in a game set on Tethys.” While I wouldn’t want to live on the planet for sure, I think it’d be fun to escape there from time to time.
So a little about the book itself:
Why hire mercenaries to kill an innocent family just to obtain one little key? That question haunts Jacquie Renairre for six years as she hunts down the people responsible for murdering her parents.
Not even accepting an assignment to investigate a conspiracy that aims to start a war can keep her from searching for the key. Armed with her father’s guns and socialite Clay Baneport, she continues her quest for answers abroad.
With the world edging closer to disaster, Jacquie is running out of time to figure out how the war, the key, and ancient legend are intertwined. The fate of the world hinges on her ability to unravel both mysteries before it’s too late.
You can find it on Amazon in e-book format right now.
I myself am also going to pick it up in paperback when it’s out–that cover (not to mention the contents) is one I definitely want on my shelf. (Though I’m undoubtedly prejudiced as the art is done by the ever-awesome Enggar Adirasa. Does that name sound familiar? 🙂 )