Grand Tour

CamCat. (The Brass Queen, Bk. 2). Apr. 2024. 432p. ISBN 9780744306293. $29.99. FANTASY
Constance Haltwhistle may be a blue-blooded rogue, but at least she is one of her own making. Under her moniker “the Brass Queen,” she continues to create and sell arms, but she still hopes to enjoy a bit of a European vacation with her airship crew, including her cousin Welli and U.S. spy Liberty Trusdale. When Constance is blackmailed into stealing alien artifacts from the royal heads in Europe, her chaotic schemes put them on a collision course with old enemies and some new friends, right in the middle of a plan for interdimensional invasion by unworldly creatures. As Constance and Liberty dance around their feelings for each other, both hold secrets that could affect any future relationship. The supporting characters, including Constance’s dog, Boo, all play integral parts throughout the story, and Chatsworth intertwines Victorian history with steam-powered airships and alien dimensions in her incredible world.
VERDICT In the sequel to The Brass Queen, the vivid worldbuilding and delightful characters create an epic setting. Chatsworth pushes the dialogue and banter to extremes, leading to a fast-paced and humorous steampunk tale.
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