Friday, August 5, 2011

Review: Dead Iron by Devon Monk

Dead Iron By Devon Monk
Roc Trade, July 2011
Genre: Steampunk, Alternate History

From the Back of the Book:

Welcome to a new America that is built on blood, sweat, and gears…
In steam age America, men, monsters, machines, and magic battle for the same scrap of earth and sky. In this chaos, bounty hunter Cedar Hunt rides, cursed by lycanthropy and carrying the guilt of his brother’s death. Then he’s offered hope that his brother may yet survive. All he has to do is find the Holder: a powerful device created by mad devisers-and now in the hands of an ancient Strange who was banished to walk this Earth.
In a land shaped by magic, steam, and iron, where the only things a man can count on are his guns, gears, and grit, Cedar will have to depend on all three if he’s going to save his brother and reclaim his soul once and for all…
My Thoughts:
Dead Iron was a fun mix of Steampunk and Magic set in the middle of the Oregon Gold Rush.  The story throws you right into the flow of things with a minimum of back story and explanations.  The details of the world and the characters is revealed organically when the story itself depends on those details.  The story begins at a slow burn and builds into a wild flurry of action.
Each of the characters is something that we've seen before: Evil Faerie trying to return home from Exile, Witch seeking revenge for the death of her husband, Good Faeries guarding the human realm, Werewolf searching for his brother and a cure etc.  However all of these character arcs are woven together in a new and thrilling way.
Dead Iron is the start of a new series and I definitely am looking forward to seeing where it goes.
Written as Part of the Speculative Fiction Challenge

Other August Reviews from the Speculative Fiction Challenge

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