Review: A Vanishing Glow by Alexis Radcliff

Title: A Vanishing Glow
Author: Alexis Radcliff

Genre: Steampunk Fantasy
Publisher: Alexis Radcliff

Pub Date: September 15, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

Our thoughts...

What a wild and crazy world I just left. It was my first adventure with a Steampunk Fantasy and let’s just say the world that the author created was on point. 

We start off through the eyes of Jason the soon to be named Lord Tern while his life -long friend Nole takes the High Sovereign seat (Think King of the realm). This putting Jason in first command under Nole. I can’t and don’t want to spoil it for you, but there is tragedy, a lot of tragedy. The story builds very quickly from Jason thinking his life is going to continue in a one directional pattern, to being completely thrown in different directions. He has an ongoing investigation to get through that will take him to hell and back, and in the end the truth will come out. 

While Jason’s story is ongoing we also have a female in the mix. Her name is Nilya, and she is in another part of the country trying to make it in the Mystech world as an upcoming engineer, if only she can get them to notice her. We find out her back round growing up, and why she is also important to the story. I found myself rather intrigued by the parallel’s happening to Nilya at the same time Jason was in his own world of hurt. Nilya also has to travel through hell, losing her best friend in the meantime and finding her way to Belforn the main city.

One thing that was missing for me was any form of romance in the present or in the near future. I believe once we get to the second book we will see Jason and Nilya perhaps take off as there story will be connected, or at least I hope it is.
I did enjoy the Steampunk aspect of it.  The construct body parts and technical stuff had my mind creating something totally different then what I have read in the past. Always a plus to get out of your comfort zone once in awhile. 

If you like Steampunk Fantasy type of reads then this is your book. Great job to the author on her writing, and world building they were done well throughout.

My favorite line:  “Why do you call yourself a puppet?” “We all have strings. Can you not see yours?”

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