Badlands – by Seleste DeLaney



After a brutal Civil War, America is a land divided. As commander of her nation’s border guards, Ever is a warrior sworn to protect her country and her queen. When an airship attacks and kills the monarch, Ever must infiltrate enemy territory to bring home the heir to the throne, and the dirigible Dark Hawk is her fastest way to the Union.

Captain Spencer Pierce just wants to pay off the debt he owes on the Dark Hawk and make a life for himself trading across the border. When the queen’s assassination puts the shipping routes at risk, he finds himself Ever’s reluctant ally.

As they fly into danger, Ever and Spencer must battle not only the enemy but also their growing attraction. She refuses to place her heart before duty, and he has always put the needs of his ship and crew above his own desires. Once the princess is rescued, perhaps they can find love in the Badlands— if death doesn’t find them first…

I do so love a great steam punk novel but in my opinion they are scare on the ground.  I am excited to say that Badlands falls into the great category.  Things other books in the genre lack, this book has in spades.  The author gets the balance between action, mechanical machines, and believable characters and settings just right.  Enough of each with none overpowering the others.  You turn each page eager to see what discoveries lie in wait.

I liked how the author balanced out the characters.  They are multidimensional and complex.  Another thing I liked is that there were characters that represented a cross section of what we have in the world today.  Tomboys, prissy girls, strong mean and men with weakness.  There was so “pigeon holed” characters, they were there really only to emphasize the depth of the other characters rather than rigid structures.

I had never heard of this author before but I now have a new “must read” author to add to my list.  Only disappoint was… I wanted to know more about the phoenix tattoo


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