*Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
This was one book I enjoyed thoroughly. I saw the cover and was interested right away. The tagline, all is fair in love and revolution, definitely drew me in. Then, I read the synopsis and was excited to read it as soon as possible. Finally, after reading it I can say it was time well spent because I enjoyed every page of this interesting alternate history.
Verity was a character I loved immediately and most of the others had the same effect. Of course there were characters I never warmed to, Flora for example. But there were times when this book actually made me genuinely pissed about what was going on. I think that is a great accomplishment. I didn’t merely read the book but I felt what the characters felt.
The steampunk and magic were both interesting to me as is the fact that America is still under British rule. As far as alternate histories go this is one of the more interesting you could choose to read.
I found it to be very well written and entertaining. All I can think is that I NEED a second book. They left it very open ended so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Shanna Swendson writes a sequel.