Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dreadnought, By Cherie Priest- Review

If Boneshaker was a mix of many different genres then I'd have to say Dreadnought was predominently a steampunk western.  A sequel of sorts, Dreadnought is the second book in Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century world; and although it doesn't involve any of Boneshaker's charecters until the end, it's main charecter turns out to be Jeremiah Swakhammer's daughter.  She's a Red Cross nurse and estranged from Jeremiah, but after hearing he's on his way out, and asking for her, she decides to risk the highly unconventianal and dangerous journey. 

Once again Cherie Priest has created a masterpiece.  Filled with great action, intrigue and mystery Dreadnought focus's on another strong and fabulously no-nonsense female charecter who's marching into a barrel of trouble with her guns loaded.  Mercy, as she's been nicknamed, combines ferocity with practicality and the complete lack of a love interest (her husband has just died) is a breath of fresh air.  I only wish there was more in the story of her interactions with Briar and Lucy.

The sap and the Zombie element of the Clockwork Century world continues in this novel, and the way Cherie handled it was truly fun and brought about some of my favorite moments. Even more exciting was how she opens it up for later books, I can now barely wait to get my hands on the next release Ganymede (winter 2011 is all I can find about it!).  Few authors would throw in a subtext about zombies and keep it a subtext, but it works so well in her world, I can't picture it any other way.  It's almost as if you're reading the lead up to most apocolypse stories, the part normally glossed over in the epilogue.

Like Boneshaker, I loved the sweep of this book, I can't see how it wouldn't appeal to a wide audience.  If my grandpa, the great Louis L'Amour fan, was still alive today I would certainly have lent him my copy.  It would have been right up his alley, steampunk or not.

Dreadnought, By Cherie Priest
Published by Tor, September 2010

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