finally catching up with my blogs...

Date: 7 May 2014 04:57 am (UTC)
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I enjoyed your reviews of the various books you've read recently, and wanted to recommend a charming steam-punkish fantasy that I started reading a couple of days ago, that I think you'd like, too. (I'm about 60% of the way through the first book in the trilogy, but I love the character, so I feel comfortable recommending it even though I haven't finished it yet.)

The heroine is a plucky, smart engineering apprentice aboard an ocean-liner in a world that feels like late nineteenth century Russia and China. When her ship rescues a lifeboat filled with foreigners, she finds herself embroiled in a grand adventure with one of the rescued men. I adore her--she's refreshingly unsentimental, admirably competent, and utterly cool-headed in a crisis, without being a superhero.

Jade Sea vol. 1: Serendipity's Tide (Across a Jade Sea)

Here's the blurb from Amazon, which does not really convey the delightful charm of Batiya and her shipwrecked companion:

A shipwrecked warrior from half a world away

Batiya is an apprentice engineer on her world's first diesel-powered ocean liner. When she helps rescue an exotic-looking foreign man in a drifting lifeboat her only thought is to provide aid to the unfortunate. But the sinking of his ship was no accident, and soon Batiya's own ship is under attack.

Batiya doesn't know who the stranger is, or why so many people want him dead. But after he risks his life to save hers, she becomes determined to get him to his destination alive.

The book has Kindle loaning enabled, so if you have a Kindle and you're interested, I'd be more than happy to loan you the first volume.
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