Book Review: Cold Copper by: Devon Monk

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Roc Trade

Publish Date: July 2, 2013 

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Trade Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: In steam age America, men, monsters, machines, and magic battle to claim the same scrap of earth and sky. In this madness, one man struggles to keep his humanity, his honor, and his hell-bent mission intact....

Bounty hunter and lycanthrope Cedar Hunt vowed to track down all seven pieces of the Holder—a strange device capable of deadly destruction. And, accompanied by witch Mae Lindson and the capricious Madder brothers, he sets out to do just that. But the crew is forced to take refuge in the frontier town of Des Moines, Iowa, when a glacial storm stops them in their tracks. The town, under mayor Killian Vosbrough, is ruled with an iron fist—and plagued by the steely Strange, creatures that pour through the streets like the unshuttered wind.

But Cedar soon learns that Vosbrough is mining cold copper for the cataclysmic generators he’s manufacturing deep beneath Des Moines, bringing the search for the Holder to a halt. Chipping through ice, snow, and bone-chilling bewitchment to expose a dangerous plot, Cedar must stop Vosbrough and his scheme to rule the land and sky....

Review: ‘Cold Copper’ is the first book in the “Age of Steam” series by Devon Monk I’ve read. I had read the full “Allie Beckstrom” series by Ms. Monk and loved it. Even without reading the first two books in this series, I fell quickly into the story. I may not have had some of the back-story on the characters, but I didn’t feel too lost. I really enjoyed the characters and the world built with deliberate care and beautiful descriptions. I think my favorite characters were the Madder brothers and I was fascinated by their quirkiness. I’d be very interested in a novella or full-length novel just about them. The story itself was fast-paced and engaging, with characters which stood out as unique and well-rounded. I’ll probably go back and read the first two books so I can learn more about the Holder and the Strange.

Age of Steam series: Dead Iron (1), Tin Swift (2), Cold Copper (3)


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