Blood and Steam by Jamie Sedgwick

blood and steam

When I first finished The Tinker’s War I was so looking forward to Blood and Steam, to reading more about Breeze’s adventures, to finding out how they would defeat the Vangars.

What I didn’t expect was to be faced with reading the story from River’s point of view and not reading much about Breeze until near the end of the book. This completely destroyed the series in my opinion. You simply don’t change POV character at the end of a series. Can you imagine if all of a sudden in The Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling decided to say “Well, I’ve told the story mostly from Harry’s point of view up to this point, let’s switch to Voldemort.” It just wouldn’t work.

About two-thirds of the way through, we switch back to Breeze for a brief interlude where she tells us what happened in the years between her leaving the Mountains for the Wastes and the present time and in all honesty it was at this point when I realised that maybe River’s point of view was more interesting. I still don’t agree with it, but I kind of get it. After three or four chapters however we switch back to River and the finale.

The finale of the book was… uneventful. Neither Breeze nor River sees what happened so we only get the briefest of descriptions about what happened. The last few chapters of the book seemed not to resolve the story but to set up the next books that Sedgwick has planned (Which I probably won’t read) which focuses on Socrates, River and Kale adventuring and looking for a more sustainable power source.

Honestly it seems like Sedgwick just got bored with writing the books and tried to finish it as soon as possible, and in the process took the easy way out by making neither of the view-point characters around when the crux of the fighting was happening.

It was ok, I probably won’t read this book again

You can find Jamie Sedgwick on Blogspot here and on Goodreads here

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