The Steampunk world is filled with tried and true themes. Books are no exception. There’s plenty of alternate history mixed with science fiction: mechanicals/robots, time travel, mystery, airships, gunslingers, soldiers, spies, grifters, royalty, and contraptions of all sorts.
Riftmaker by Phoebe Darqueling, takes many of these archetypes and spins a unique tale of adventure. In Riftmaker, the reader meets an intriguing group of characters: a talented young musician, time travelers that sustain odd body transformations, a young woman masquerading as a male, people from the upper crust of a changed society, conflicted soldiers, and some horrifying monsters, all of which are dealing with their assigned roles in a futuristic world with a reimagined past.
As this large cast of characters collide, adventures ensue, roles change with struggles over greed and power, and some unlikely folk become heroes. Riftmaker has an immense cast that could’ve been easily lost on the casual reader, but Darqueling keeps the story moving along at a swift pace with plenty of action and plot twists.
I enjoyed the Riftmaker and give it 9 out of 10 stars. I would recommend it if you are a fan of epic science fiction adventures.
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