Jacob and his allies flee into the Deadlands after the fall of Ancora. Charles, the enigmatic smith, hopes to find answers in the desert city of Bollwerk that could prevent a war.
Their enemies are many, and here Jacob will learn the cost of life in the Deadlands.
I really enjoyed the first book in the Steamborn series by Eric R Asher, so I was a little saddened by how much the first half of Steamforged ended up disappointing me. While I did end up enjoying the book, in the end, it took me much long to start and finish than Steamborn did, which I read from cover to cover in a single sitting. I think the main issue I had with the book is how slow it starts off after the action packed beginning of the series I was expecting something similar. I will say however that once I made it through the beginning of the book the story really took off and kept me hooked.
Despite it’s my disappointment in its slow beginning, I would still say I enjoyed Steamforged and was sad to see it end. I think a large part of what I loved about it was the same thing I enjoyed most about its predecessor — the characters. In Steamborn Asher managed to create a cast of characters I absolutely loved, the relationship between Jacob and his mentor Charles, and the growing relationship between Jacob and Alice was a large part of what kept me flipping through the pages. Steamforged manages to take everything I loved about those characters and expand upon them by adding in new ones and testing the bonds between Jacob and his two friends.
The author also manages to do a great job of introducing an interesting world of monsters and steam-powered technology without bogging the story down too much with unneeded technical jargon or details. I love a good steampunk story but sometimes they get weighed down by all the extra details the author feels the need to throw in, Eric R. Asher gives you exactly what you need to know about how everything works and nothing more.
Other than its slow start my biggest complaint about this book would be that there really isn’t much of recap of the events that transpired in Steamborn, I and to go back and reread the first book just to make sure I knew exactly what was going on and why it was happening. Some stories are easy to jump into in the middle of a series but this one is not one of them. I would suggest anyone who is thinking of starting it makes sure they read the first book in the series, it’s a great book and will help you follow along with events much easier. Despite what I think are flaws with its pacing, I really did enjoy this book and I’m looking forward to the next one when it releases this April!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.