Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: July 2nd 2019
My Rating: 3.5/5
“First rule of piracy: be in the wrong place at the right time” Pirate Captain Genevieve Jones puts this rule to the test when she and her ship, the Heart of Gold, attack an airship carrying the recently betrothed Duchess of Albany, Lalita Laffel. When the final war of the Old Gods destroyed the seas, the Liberty Empire rose from the ruins and conquered the skies- but its control may be slipping as pirates roam, occultists dabble in profane magics left by dispossessed gods and disgruntled colonies ferment trouble.
Magic hunter Rachel Masters has been dispatched to Albany by Talon’s Inquisition, to recover a legendary and dangerous magical weapon left by the gods before it can be used against the Empire. When the archbishop refuses to allow Rachel access to the Sanctus Treasury, she realizes that she will need assistance from the Duchess Lalita, who unfortunately must first be rescued from the mercenary clutches of the elusive pirate Genevieve Jones.
Before turning to piracy, Genevieve served in the Liberty navy, but her experiences left her with old scars and a terrible burden to carry. Finding a rich bounty for her renegade crew is now Genevieve’s priority- but fate has set these strong women on a collision course as they uncover ancient rivalries and treacherous magic’s that threaten not only the Empire, but the world!
Goodreads link: Guns of Liberty
Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
When I read the synopsis for this book it immediately drew my attention. Pirates, flying ships, magic, strong female characters, what more could I want? This is a debut novel, and the first book in a series, so it had some issue but as an overall enjoyment, I wasn’t disappointed.
Things I liked:
- As I mentioned before the concept of the story and the world created by the author to me were really unique and interesting.
- The story had a fair amount of action and interesting turns and it kept my attention throughout.
- Genevieve. I really liked this character. She was very interesting and mysterious and I liked her personality.
- The writing was simple and easy and you could see that the author put a lot of love and attention into it. Jamie Mauchline tries to immerse you in the story and make you feel and live what the characters are going through.
Things I didn’t like:
I mention above that the author tries very hard to immerse you in the story and make you feel what the characters are feeling, which is created but there is a but…
- The first “but” is the fact that there are only so many ways to describe once feeling. Which mean that after a certain point things got repetitive. I counted at least 4 times the sentence “pinched the bridge of his/her nose”.
- The second one is that I felt like the story was lacking in world-building. We know the basics so we can follow the story but I feel that so many things are just mentioned and that it. I would have loved to see less feeling and actions tag and more details on the world.
- I feel like the characters (except maybe Gin) and the relationship between characters was a little superficial. Especially the “bad guys” they felt like their only motivation was that they wanted power… You need more than to have a great and interesting villain.
- We have multiple POV, which I like, but… Sometimes we had the bad guys POV that most of the time gave away twist, betrayals and details that could have been used later on as great plot twists.
Despite some of the issue I mention overall I enjoyed reading this book. I believe this author has potential and I would probably continue with the series.