Secrets in the Mist

What’s lurking in the Mist is the least of their worries…


Author: Morgan L. Busse

Series: Skyworld, Book One

Publisher: Enclave Escape, an imprint of Enclave Publishing

Genre: Steampunk


About:

What’s lurking in the Mist is the least of their worries…

In a world where humanity lives in the sky to escape a deadly mist below, Cass’s only goal is survival. That is, until she finds a job on the airship Daedalus as a diver. Now she explores ruined cities, looking for treasure and people’s lost heirlooms until a young man hires her to find the impossible: a way to eradicate the Mist.

Theodore Winchester is a member of one of the Five Families that rule the skies. Following in his father’s footsteps, he searches for the source of the Mist and hopes to stop the purges used to control overpopulation. But what he finds are horrifying secrets and lethal ambition. If he continues his quest, it could mean his own death.

The Mist is rising and soon the world will be enveloped in its deadly embrace, turning what’s left of humanity into the undead.


Faith/Religious/Spiritual Elements:

Characters pray and attend church; Elaeros (God) is mentioned and discussed.


Violence:

People are Purged and their bodies burned; it is mentioned someone dies in an altercation; a man is half-burned; an element intended to cause no harm has a deadly effect; the Turned are shot and incinerated; characters sacrifice their lives for others; characters are injured in attacks; a character mentions getting into fights; arson is committed.


Other:

Secondary characters drink.


Rating:

5 Stars


Conclusion

At first, I was hesitant about this book due to the possibility of there being zombies. But, it being written by Morgan Busse, I decided to give Secrets in the Mist a chance. I’m happy I did.I’m not a big steampunk fan, so I can’t compare Secrets in the Mist to other books in the genre, but it has to be one of the best steampunk books ever written.

First, the settings. Incredible. The way the mountain towns and the land beneath the mist were described is masterful. I felt like I was there, whether hiding with Cass, peeking into the church, or scouting out the dangers lurking beneath the mist.

Second, the characters. Cass is a survivor, a spitfire, and an all-around well written heroine. I enjoyed her mechanical nature and spunkiness. Theodore comes from a lifestyle opposite Cass. I liked his curiosity and unwavering determination. The secondary characters are wonderful, as well. My favorite character is Patterson, a cranky old man who shows he cares by fussing over those around him. Those who’ve read this book will understand my indignation about what happened at the end (please, please let there be a plot twist).

Third, the plot. As aforementioned, I was hesitant at first. I want nothing to do with zombies or the disgusting twisting of the supernatural. I was delightfully surprised. Some might describe the Turned as zombies, but I don’t. There are no supernatural forces involved in Turning. Instead, a reasonable, well-thought out medical and scientific explanation is provided.

Even if you’re not a steampunk fan (think Victorian Era mixed with odd mechanical creations), you need to add Secrets in the Mist to your reading list. Well done, Mrs. Busse. I can’t wait for Book Two.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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