So this was #4 of my Christmas books and while I did enjoy my read, I had been hoping for much more. All the buzz on my social media was lauding the book to the skies as the best thing ever! And so great to have a female main protagonist in a steampunk airship military fantasy book. Well... yeah... okay... but it wasn't that great, folks.
I liked it because the dialogue was witty, the characters fun and quite honestly, I'm a bit of an easy sell for a book about a tight group of soldiers/adventurers/scoundrels/whatevers fighting the odds, so to speak.
Now, while I liked the characters, I sure would have liked more about them, what brought them to the point where they are in the story, what formed them, the whys of them, all that stuff. Especially Josette, the female captain and Bernat - Bernie, the foppish spy/aristocrat/ne'er do well. I loved their banter - I'm told it's rather Pratchett-esque, but having only read one Prachett book (aside from Good Omens), I can't say with any kind of certainty if that's right or not.
There was a lot, an awful lot of battle narrative and even more description of the details of the airship. I mean... tons of details into all the nooks and crannies. I would much rather have learned more about the characters and the society and the actual world of the story than all that minute stuff about the ship.
So yeah, I don't get all the glowing blah-blah I read from people whose opinions I respect. Just because the MC is a woman? I mean, even that HUGE plot point is barely discussed or examined - far better we learn about fictitious airship mechanics. I think we should be far past celebrations just because a woman leads a military/steampunk adventure fantasy.
So the book had great bones, but the meat of it was sadly lacking for me. I'll check out the second book when it comes out, I'm sure, if only to see if there's more meat, so to speak.