Review: Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster

Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster
Series: London Steampunk (# 5)
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Pages: 448
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



When her beloved father was assassinated, Lady Aramina swore revenge. The man responsible is well beyond her grasp, but his dangerously seductive heir, Leo Barrons, is fair game. When Mina obtains evidence proving that Leo is illegitimate, she has the means to destroy both the killer and his son, a man who troubles her heart and tempts her body.

A woman of mystery, Mina’s long driven Leo crazy with glimpses of a fiery passion that lurks beneath her icy veneer. He knows she’s hiding something, and he’s determined to unravel her layer by silken layer. He just doesn’t expect the beautiful liar to be the key to overthrowing the corrupt prince consort… or to saving his own carefully walled-off heart.


Review: While I enjoyed this book very much. I felt that I was completely lost at times. I don’t know if it is because it has been a long time since I read the other books in the series or what. McMaster’s books are so well written and have so much happening that you really need to be able to sit in quiet and read without interruptions.

I love the London Steampunk novels and love how rich the world that McMaster created is. There are so many characters and they are all equally entertaining. Reading the latest book has made me want to reread the other 4 books in the series.

Mina is a spectacular character that has more integrity than most female characters. She is vengeful but has good reason to be. In the time that she lives what happened to her father is not acceptable and something needs to be done about it. She definitely met her match with Barrons. Their verbal sparring was highly entertaining and it made Mina much more endearing to me. She is highly intelligent with the wit and sarcasm to match.

Leo Barrons is very persistent and gets what he wants even if who he wants does not return the sentiment. He is a very interesting character in that he is hard to get a handle on. He seems to have his foot in two different places.

I’m rather sad that this is the last of the London Steampunk novels. McMaster is definitely a master at her craft. She is able to make a world that is fantastical seem believable and interesting.