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Dawn of Steam: Gods of the Sun by Jeffrey Cook with Sarah Symonds


Warning: I’m going to try and keep this review as spoiler-free as possible but it is the second book in a series and some things may slip through unintentionally.

Dawn of Steam: Gods of the Sun by Jeffrey Cook is the second installment in the Dawn of Steam  series. It follows the same cast of characters and picked up right where the last novel stopped, at the beginning of the crew’s second year of their mission. To recap, Gregory Conan Watts, the narrator, recordkeeper, and journalist whose letters and journal entries tell the tale, (except for a few entries by other crew members) is part of a crew of explorers that are following in the footsteps of a “famous” explorer that wrote of his adventures in highly contested books. Most people believe that it is impossible for one man to have explored and seen everything this man has claimed to do and so a bet between gentlemen was born.

This book starts with the crew of Dame Fortuna setting sail on the second leg of their adventures, but plans are quickly derailed and the crew is pulled into a few unwanted wars. And that’s about all I can say of the plot because spoilers. The crew does manage to salvage some of their journey, though there are a lot of obstacles they have to overcome before they can continue. There’s more mystery added to a few of the crew members, especially Sam’s father, and my mind is spinning with the possibilities.

Like the first book, the second installment is well-planned and written. I love the alternate history and seeing different cultures represented that are largely ignored in the literary world. I find Gregory to still be one of my favorite characters, and I love to hear his view of the world, even if he does consider a lot of the primitive peoples they see savages. These characters overcome a lot and I think he’s the character that gets tested and tried by these incidents the most, and I like how he grows as a result. We do hear from a couple other characters, just to keep things fresh, and to gain different insights as well.

Like the first book, this one is written apostolically and yes, the story is a lot slower to get through. But if you like action and adventure (think Indiana Jones in a steampunk world), then you’ll probably enjoy this one.

My Rating: 4/5

Plot: 4/5

Writing: 4/5

Characters: 4/5

Entertainment: 4/5

Normally I’d have the dialog rating here, but as there is no real dialog, I can’t judge that, can I?

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If you’re interested in Gods of the Sun, you can buy it for $2.99 on Amazon.

Thanks for reading!

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