Here we go! 8/100! Do be aware that I spoil things so if you have any plans of reading this book YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
Author: Cherie Priest
I do believe this is my second favorite book of the series. This one had a slight romantic plot going on that was really cute and kind of squee-inducing. The two main characters were ex-lovers one of which had already been introduced to us in the first book – Andan Cly. We start off in Seattle (Andan) and New Orleans (Josephine Early), and slowly come together over the course of the book to one big smashing conclusion. New technology is revealed, the rotters are named zombis, and the air pirates are as charming as ever.
Like her first two books, there are concurrent plotlines and threads throughout the book – the rise of zombis in New Orleans and how they came to be, the Civil War still playing out in the background, the occupation of New Orleans by the Texans, the destruction of a prominent Pirate Port, and the daring extrication of dangerous war technology that could possibly sway the war to the Union Side and end it once and for all.
It was nice to be surrounded by old and new characters so we could relax with some and have fun and explore the new ones. Josephine was a little hard for me to swallow at points because she was so stubborn and muleheaded at points. I really did just want to shake the teeth out of her head with frustration. But I really appreciated that she is the madam of a prominent “boarding house” and has no shame about her trade and her ladies of the night. Her loyalty to her brother was admirable and the fact that she refused to shy from danger. I really appreciated that she also included a trans character in her novel and didn’t make it a big deal, and kept it as secret as it would have been in that time until it was revealed by an untimely injury and entrance.
So if you want a fun, quick, and suspenseful read with speculative historical fiction and zombies? This is the one for you : )