I never know to say in these things. I guess that says something about me. I read a lot, write stories, and like books. I like a good debate. Nothing else is to say. :-)
This book was not at all what I expected...but I enjoyed it a lot. I don't think the cover or blurbs actually capture this book very well. And I don't think my description would either. I put my thoughts earlier on some of what struck me and I enjoyed, and it's too much to put down all here..
So let me provide a brief list the things I enjoyed:
1. The Alternate-history setting....with magic!
2. The two main characters were both POC. One an ex-slave/"negro" and the other half Indian. And all the baggage that comes with that in the alternate Britain they live is explored.
3. The writing style and language used by the characters gave it a "old classic" feel, and instead of throwing me off...it gave it a certain charm. Like reading an old 18th century novel.
4. The humor. Dry and sarcastic and silly. This book doesn't take itself very seriously. There were may moments where I stopped to giggle along with the characters, and shake my head and how silly and ridiculous certain parts were...but I still enjoyed it. The author had fun writing this...you can tell.
5. The romance. It fit so perfectly with the personalities of the two characters. So amusing, so dry...but you root for them.
All in all....this was fun. More books should just be fun....stop taking yourself so seriously and give us some magic and adventure where all the characters are not miserable, dead or dying. From what I gather, there will be more books coming in this world, and I look forward to it. There are still plenty of mysteries and stories to tell.