Book Review : Fields of Iron
Magnificent Devices #11
By Shelley Adina
“What do you propose, sir?”
He held her astonished gaze as he went down upon one knee. “Why … I propose.
Will you do me the honor of becoming my wife, so that I may accompany you to San Francisco de Asis and help you stop this war?”
Gloria Meriwether-Astor, determined to end the invasion her father and a power-hungry diplomat started, has found safety with the witches of the river canyons in the Wild West. But how can one young lady without so much as a hat to her name challenge a kingdom? Confronted with the solution—marriage—she has two choices: accept the help she needs, or return to Philadelphia alone and a failure.
So, in the company of riverboat Captain Stan Fremont—the dashing rogue she must now call husband—she sets off for the capital to negotiate with the Viceroy. But with an entire country mobilizing between herself and her objective, the attempt could mean her life—and the life of the one person she is beginning to care for … (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
For the record I hate the covers on this series; they are so garish. However, I always love the content. The Magnificent Devices are filled with strong female characters, inventive devices and a plot that clips along at a fast pace.
Gloria Meriwether-Astor has grown through the novels from being a spoiled debutante to a woman who strives to do the right thing, even in impossible situations. Gloria was brought under the witches protection in the previous volume. In history women accused of being witches have been those on the fringe or outside of society; easily maligned by men because they didn’t have protection. The witches in Fields of Iron are the epitome of witches through history, however, they have banned together in an inhospitable environment to protect one another and have even developed their own religion. I have really enjoyed the witches, but worry that they will become man haters.
Romance takes on a new suit of clothes in this book. The shy, bookish man has extended himself in great feats to try to rescue Gloria, and even though she likes him she doesn’t love him. Aha! A failed romance between two good people. Gloria finds herself married to Captain Stan Fremont to try to travel safely through the territory to reach the Viceroy in her quest to stop a war. Stan is a lot more than Gloria bargained for, and the Viceroy puts her in an even bigger pickle!
Good luck Gloria! And good luck Shelley Adina on writing yourself out of this mess.
These are a fun, fast read.
3.5 – 4 out of 5 stars
If you like steampunk try reading Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld and Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams.