Review: “For Steam and Country” by Jon Del Arroz

Normally, I don’t do a lot of reviews on this blog; actually, I think this is the first time I’ve ever posted a book review on this site, ever, much less book reviews about steampunk.

And I’ll admit, I’m not really a super steampunk fan. I’ve never really been into it, even though I’ve appreciated the aesthetics of the genre. It’s always struck me as a primarily aesthetic movement/trend, which is not bad, but just not something that interested me.

But I like helping other authors and I know that one of the best ways to do that is by writing reviews of their books. And Jon Del Arroz is an author I’ve come to know and like over the last few months, especially his posts on the comic book industry.

So when his new book, For Steam and Country, came out, I decided to pick up a copy and check it out. I already read and enjoyed his first book, Star Realms: Rescue Run, so I decided I’d like to see how he’d handle a more fantasy-oriented novel.

With that out of the way, let’s move onto the review itself:

For Steam and Country is a steampunk novel (the first book of the Baron von Monocle series) set in a world where steam powers most forms of technology, such as the airship, Liliana. It stars young Zaira von Monocle, a young farm girl who inherits the aforementioned airship from her adventurer father, who has been pronounced dead, and soon finds herself drawn into a war between her home kingdom of Rislandia and the powerful but cruel Wyranth Empire.

It’s a fast-paced, action-packed novel with plenty of interesting characters, plot twists, and ideas that keep your attention from start to finish. I read the whole book in about a week in between sets at the gym and always looked forward to reading it when I put down my Kindle each day.

My favorite character was probably Toby, Zaira’s pet ferret. I’m not sure why, but I really enjoyed his antics in the book. I also liked James, Zaira’s childhood friend, and am interested in seeing his development in the next books.

As for negatives, I don’t really have any major complaints with this book; the characters are good, the plot is solid, worldbuilding makes sense, and everything else is more or less in order. The biggest problem I have is that the copy editing, while generally pretty good, has a few glaring issues here and there, but it’s not bad enough to detract from the story itself, so this is a pretty small thing, all things considered.

Overall, For Steam and Country is an excellent steampunk novel and book in general and I enjoyed it even more than Del Arroz’s Star Realms novel. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys steampunk or fast-paced fantasy adventure novels and I look forward to seeing where the author takes the characters and plot in the following books.

New release: “Dimensions”

Hey, everyone! I am pleased to announce that the fourth Young Neos book, Dimensions, is now available for purchase from Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

Click the above cover or this link HERE to go directly to its Amazon product page!

The fifth and final book of The Young Neos, Heroes, is scheduled for a July 2017 release date. After that, I will start a brand new superhero series in August, which I will talk more about later. I’m very excited for it, however, and think it will be great, but first things first; namely, finishing up The Young Neos. Then I will talk more about my next series.

Enjoy,

Lucas Flint

Last chance to win a FREE paperback edition of “The Superhero’s Test”!

Hey, everyone! Just a quick reminder that the Goodreads giveaway for the paperback edition of The Superhero’s Test here is ending TODAY!

So if you have yet to enter, just head on over to the giveaway page and click ‘Enter Giveaway” for a chance to win a free paperback copy for yourself! I rarely do Goodreads giveaways, so there is a fair chance this will be your last chance to win a free paperback edition of any of my books for quite a while.

Enjoy,

Lucas Flint

The Superhero’s Test One Year Giveaway!

Hey, everyone! The one year anniversary of the publication of The Superhero’s Test is coming up later this month.

To celebrate, I am running a Goodreads giveaway of the paperback edition. I am giving away 10 free copies of the paperback edition of The Superhero’s Test for the whole month of Goodreads, which you can enter by clicking this link here. You can also enter by clicking the Goodreads giveaway widget on my website, which should be on the right side of the screen on the desktop version of this site.

Also, Counterparts, the third book of The Young Neos, is still scheduled for release later this month.

Enjoy,

Lucas Flint

Cover reveal: Book 2 of The Young Neos, “Powers”

Hey, everyone! I thought I’d do a quick post about the current status of the next book in The Young Neos, Powers, as well as a cover reveal.

Powers was originally supposed to come out last month in March; however, I decided to push the release of the book back to this month, April.

The reason I decided to do this is because I was not happy with the quality of the book itself. So I decided to rewrite it entirely and will publish that new version instead, because I don’t want to publish something I feel is below my standards of quality.

To make up for the delayed release and build some hype, however, I decided to do a cover release today, which you can see below:

As you might tell from the cover, this book will focus on Shell and Blizzard. I won’t say much more about it than that, but if you enjoyed the last book in the series, you will definitely enjoy this one.

REMINDER: Last chance to get “Brothers” for 99 cents!

Hey, everyone! Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to get my newest novel, Brothers, at 99 cents before its price goes back up to $2.99 tomorrow. And I can’t guarantee when or if its price will be this low anytime soon.

So if you forgot about this deal or didn’t even know about it in the first place, head on over to the book’s Amazon product page HERE to pick up your copy before it is too late. Also, it is available for free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, so this would be a good book to borrow if you’re looking for something new to read in KU.

Enjoy,

Lucas Flint

New release: “Brothers”

Hey, everyone! I am pleased to announce that the first book of The Young Neos, Brothers, is now available for purchase on Amazon! It is also free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, in addition to being 99 cents until March 4th as part of its special launch price (normal price $2.99).

Click the cover image above or this link here to go directly to its Amazon product page. Remember, it is only 99 cents until March 4th and I can’t guarantee when or if it will be this low again.

A trade paperback edition will be available in early March.

Enjoy,

Lucas Flint