by Ashlynn Monroe
In a history very different from our own, the Civil War rages on in Texas. Zeppelins fill the air, steam power vehicles battle horses for space on the roads and bodies lay strewn through the wreckage of the Sisters of the Merciful Truth Convent, innocent victims of a local turf war. Three sisters, raised in the convent, emerge from the horror to find their lives of family and devotion over, and their separate lives of crime about to begin.
In lawless times, where faith and love battle doubt and hate, Justice now sees the world from behind the barrel of a gun. She falls in with a handsome and mysterious miscreant as she attempts to carve a place in the ruined world and search for her lost sisters. But when her life of crime catches up to her, Justice will learn the meaning of true love, and family ties.
The first couple of paragraphs reminded me a bit of some other books I have read however it quickly changed. The descriptions of the scenes really bring the stage to life. You feel as if you are there and its all happening in front of you. The change between the first two chapters is so what jarring however it drives home the difference between the settings and works to make the story more alive rather that bumpy and disjointed. I liked the addition of the steam punk elements. A motorcycle with a coal boiler lined up next to horses at a hitching post. I really enjoyed the world this author has built. By the end I was finding myself wanting stories about the other characters. The only disappointment for me was that the story wasn’t long enough. I felt that this could have been a full length novel with all the different elements and characters.