The Brass Queen

CamCat. Jan. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9780744300093. $26.99; pap.ISBN 9780744300109. $16.99. FANTASY
Constance Haltwhistle knows that if she cannot prove her father is alive, her uncle will destroy the estates she has run for the last seven years. When a ball intended to find a husband turns into a kidnapping of famous scientists by automatons, Constance teams up with new assistant J.F. Truesdale to find the scientists and their revolutionary invisibility serum. Yet Constance and Truesdale have secrets both are struggling to hide: He is actually a U.S. spy entrusted to take the place of his deceased older brother, and she is the inventor of amazing warcraft weapons known as the “Brass Queen.” Headstrong, brash, and determined to be in charge, both must find a way to work together, otherwise the future of the British Empire—and the life of Queen Victoria—will be lost. Chatsworth (Ten Minutes Past Teatime) builds an intriguing alternate world, filled with sharply amusing dialog and lively characters.
VERDICT A delightful gaslamp fantasy that will please readers of Gail Carriger and Kate Locke.
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