Our Lady of the Ice

Our Lady of the Ice

Book - 2015 | First edition
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Eliana Gomez is the first female PI in Hope City, a domed city originally built to support an amusement park full of steam-powered automatons, and she wants nothing more than to emigrate to warmer climes. When recently widowed Lady Luna, an heiress with a secret, asks Eliana to recover some stolen documents, the fee is too good to turn down, even though it puts Eliana in the path of Hope Citys biggest crime boss and at odds with her boyfriend. With robots from the amusement park evolving their own intelligence and agendas, freedom fighters agitating more openly for Antarctic independence, and the increasing unreliability of the power supplying heat and light to the citys main dome, Elianas need for a hasty departure quickly becomes urgent, even as the tasks required become riskier.
Publisher: New York : Saga Press, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781481444262
Branch Call Number: F CLARK-C
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 26, 2017

I must admit I wasn't sure where the story was going for the first 100 pages. It has a city on the Antarctic, a private investigator, a local gang lord, robots and androids. The timeline was all off, too. But then, I haven't read a lot of steampunk, or any, so maybe all of this is par for the course.

Anyway, I ended up thoroughly enjoying this unusual novel. This is the second book I've read by Cassandra Rose Clarke and one thing she has done in both books that I've read is to spend a lot of time on relationships between her characters. They really like each other, or they really hate each other, and in either instance Ms. Clarke provides the reasons for the hate or like. I think this has been my favorite part of both her novels that I've read.

That being said, she doesn't skimp on the plot, either. It's fun to follow, without being so convoluted that it makes no sense. All in all, this was a book I really liked and I expect I will read another book by this writer.

LeRat Oct 30, 2016

An odd (and not entirely successful) blend of noir, steampunk, and alternate history.


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