My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This set of seven short stories and novellas will most assuredly whet your appetite for more tales in the Boston Metaphysical Society world. These prequels give us insight into the lives of several of Madeleine Holly-Rosing’s key characters.
My favorite story of the lot was “Steampunk Rat.” I’m an animal lover, and seeing the young scion of one of Boston’s Great Houses care so much about little Tinker was splendid. This story also made me cry, because I was very worried about the rat at one point. Well done indeed, there.
The common thread throughout is how the spirit world lives so close to the human world in Boston … and Medium Andrew O’Sullivan can even capture spirits on camera. Ex-Pinkerton Samuel Hunter (whom I can now only see as cover model Jason Baca, thanks to the book’s outstanding design) has an axe to grind of his own, and inventor Granville Woods is determined to use his inventing skills to make the world a safer place. This team of three discover that they are better together, which we see in the closing tale.
This book isn’t just for steampunk fans (although you’ll love it if you are); it’s for people who admire a tightly written adventure story peopled with believable characters facing unbelievable odds. Nicely done, and highly recommended.