REVIEW: Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure by Mark C. King


Some secrets should not remain hidden…

Turn of the century London, a gritty world of steam and clockwork. Sigmund Shaw wants nothing more than to care for his sister and his niece, even if it means occasionally exceeding the law. Although reluctant, his penchant for gadgets and creativity makes him a successful thief – until he is accused of a crime he actually didn’t commit. With the threat of war looming from within the Empire, Sigmund needs to find allies to prove his innocence and prevent the unthinkable.

While the mystery unfolds, the ramifications grow resulting in blackmail, murder, battles on the ground and in the clouds – and an invention that could change the world forever.

This was my first ever steampunk fiction which is crazy because i’ve always been fascinated by steampunk so I don’t know why I haven’t branched out to it in my literature. It was really exciting to delve into written steampunk which was an entirely new experience for me!

Set in England in the late 1800’s Sigmund Shaw was a period piece that really hit most of the marks. I felt that there was a bit of disunity between some of the period aspects, in that it almost shifts between the ‘correct’ periodic language to more modern colloquialisms that is appropriate for today. It did kind of pulled me out of the context of the book but it didn’t pull me out of the story or plot.

With saying that I did love the attention to detail. Especially concerning setting. There was so many little details that really placed you right there with our protagonist: An intriguing master thief, almost a steampunk Robbinhood.

There is an intriguing and compelling plot which drives the story and makes you want to keep reading. It’s full of intense action, awesome steampunk contraptions and a really interesting antagonist. There is an understandable lag between the beginning and the action as we become acquainted with the world but it didn’t feel like it stunted the reading of it at all.

There are just so many great elements to the book. The characters were so well fleshed out and diverse, you could really connect to them. There were so many things happening and sometimes that hinders a books impact but I think in this case it was definitely a great asset to the reading of the book. It worked.

Things did feel a little ambiguous as you’re trying to figure out whats going on and trying to understand the world that you’re in but I think that, in a way, it’s a central part of the book. You’re not meant to know everything, the world needs to unfurl around you.

It’s definitely a book that you can really sink your teeth in to.

The one thing i’ll say is that, if you don’t think steampunk is your thing, or you don’t even know what it is to begin with, don’t let that stop you from giving this book a chance. Expand your horizons and all that junk. Give it a go, you won’t regret it.


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