Sunday, July 27, 2014

Steel and Song by Ani Bolton (The Aileron Chronicles #1)

Steel and Song

Written by: Ani Bolton
Series: The Aileron Chronicles
Sequence in Series: 1
Print Length: 188 pages
Publisher: Writer Unboxed Publishing
Publication Date: July 11, 2014
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Science Fiction | Steampunk
Find this book on: Amazon

Airwitch Tova Vanaskaya's choices are few: use her magic to fly an elite aircraft in the Grand Duchy's army or be shipped to the trenches. But invoking too much magic can kill the wielder, and her Cossack captain has a hell-bent-for-leather streak that pushes her to the brink. It’s a good thing she’s not afraid to push back.

Airship captain Piers Dashkov lost his friends, family ties and self-respect in a rash act years ago, so it's fine by him if the odds of surviving a dogfight are slim to none. His goal is simple: find redemption through valor and regain his lost honor in death if not life. He needs the smart-mouthed airwitch to achieve that impossible goal, but he never thought she would prove to be his salvation.

While the enemy is on the move, and whispers of revolution echo from the salons of the noble Cossack Houses to the tenement slums of Muscovy, one reckless night of passion creates a connection that will reverberate fatally for nations as well as for Tova and Piers.

Steel and Song (The Aileron Chronicles, #1)My Review:
Steel and Song by Ani Bolton

Steel and Song is a fast paced, fantasy with fabulous world building and a fresh and highly entertaining plot.

I could go on and on about the world building, the oppressive culture, the prejudice against the magic born people, but I won't...

Did it have steampunk? Check
Did it have romance? Check
Did it have substance? Double Check
Will I read on in this series? Absolutely!!!

I will say Ani Bolton is a gifted and talented writer. She created a dark world where humans with magical abilities are treated much like work animals. Her protagonist, Tova, is an amazingly strong character. She is ready to fight for what she believes in but will face the consequences as they fall.

In the end, I found Steel and Song a wonderful start to The Aileron Chronicles, leaving me wanting more.

I received this copy of Steel and Song from Ani Bolton in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication July 21, 2014.

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