Author: Sharon Cameron
Genre: YA, Historical, Steampunk
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A spine-tingling tale of steampunk and spies, intrigue and heart-racing romance!
When Katharine Tulman's inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.
Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.
As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle's world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this heart-racing adventure will captivate readers with its intrigue, thrills, and romance.
To be honest, I don’t find many steampunks that I can fully enjoy. They’re always either too technical for my liking or just too unbelievable for the story. I don’t read much in the way of this genre because of this, though I still continue to try when one appeals enough to me.
There was something about The Dark Unwinding that immediately attracted me and I knew I was going to have to read this book. And I’m so glad I did. This is that type of steampunk I can get behind and love. This is that story that I will remember.
It’s not as “high-tech” as some, and I think that’s why I managed to get through it so well. To top it off, it’s completely believable and there’s an amazing cast of characters along with a really gorgeous writing style. I didn’t find this to be a quick read though because it can be slow moving at times, but I did devour this book. Every time I started to set it aside, a little voice in the back of my mind would tell me “just another chapter.” I didn’t want it to end. And I certainly looked forward to every scene that featured Uncle Tully. His character made a huge impact. I adored him so much.
A great, compelling, and well-crafted read. The Dark Unwinding isn’t to be missed by any fan of steampunk or historical fiction.