Avid Multi-Genre Reader. Lover of Books with Unique Settings. Audiobook Fanatic. Sweet Tea Addict. Mom of Two Boys & Mistress of Two Very Energetic Black Kittens. -Empress Reece
I have a weakness for books with cool settings so when I read the preview for The Deathsniffer's Assistant and it said it had a 'unique pseudo-Edwardian setting' with floating castles, I knew I just had to read this book. I'm glad I did because it was fantastic! I was immediately drawn to the pseudo-Edwardian world. It's a combination of fantasy, steampunk and a lot of magic. Everyone is tested and categorized by their special abilities when they come of age. Olivia Faraday, the main character, is categorized as a Deathsniffer, which is basically someone who investigates suspicious deaths but she has also has some magical abilities which aid her in her investigations. Her assistant, Christopher Buckley, is a Wordweaver, which is someone who takes notes through thinking only. There are a number of other complex categorizations and magical abilities and there are also a number of elementals that power the city's water, electricity, lights and mirrors etc. The whole world was so creative and magical! You can really tell a lot of work went into the world building and the characters too. I really liked Olivia. She doesn't just like her job, she loves it and she literally enjoys getting a new death to investigate. She likes to do and say whatever she wants whereas her assistant Christopher, is the exact opposite. He is prim and proper and likes to follow all the rules. I think their different personalities is what makes them so good together. My only problem with the book was that I found a lot of spelling and grammatical errors throughout so those really need to be fixed but other then that it was a really great debut! If you enjoy fantasy, steampunk or even mysteries you should definitely check this one out. It looks like it's the start of a series, which is wonderful because it's already on my favorites list. I can't wait to read book #2!
**I received a copy of this book from Netgalley & Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!