Pretty much everything here originally appeared at my actual blog: By Singing Light. I particularly focus on upper middle-grade and young adult books. I also enjoy adult genre books, especially speculative fiction.
The beginning of this read was frustrating for me because I kept trying to fit the setting into some version of our world, and it doesn’t quite go. So I won’t be adding this to the historical fantasy page because, although the world looks slightly Victorian, the history doesn’t work. Generally speaking, felt like Burtenshaw had an interesting concept, but it never got to that next level which would have wowed me. And generally speaking, I had a hard time believing in the world; I didn’t buy that people would react in the way they supposedly did. It was strong enough that I’ll probably read the second book, to see where the story goes.