After returning from their successful mission to explore the American frontier, the intrepid explorers return to New Orleans to rest before the next leg of their trip. While resting, one of their number is kidnapped and held hostage. Shortly after, they learn their attacks on the Spanish forts in Florida had never been sanctioned by England. Now wanted criminals, they head to South America to rescue their friend, following those who had plotted against them and set everything into motion.
This book was as well-written and amazing as the first. There is more action and conflict throughout the entire book. I found myself wanting to look up and confirm the various peoples mentioned. I resisted though because I didn’t want to break the spell being woven in case they weren’t real. (Stops for a quick search now.) Okay. I can now say some serious research went into the writing of this book. I’m happy by that as I can now file the amount of information provided for future reference. It’s not only steampunk, but historical fiction as well. In my opinion, that’s pretty cool. The detail that went into describing the various areas and the peoples encountered shows an amazing amount of work and research to get it just right.
I will admit I had a more difficult time reading this book than the last. Maybe it was because I read it right after the first. These books do seem to require slowing down to absorb the large amount of information being given to you. Perhaps it was because of several major life changes that happened right as I began this book. I guess I won’t know for sure until I read them again in the future.
I am excited by the fact the rest of this series is to be released soon. I can’t wait to read what happens next!