I just finished this book last night and was all excited to come here and review it today because I enjoyed it so much. Of course, once more I read out of order in a series as this book is number 3 in a series, the titles of the other two being The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack and The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man. I thought it was an excellent read despite being confused at the beginning with all of the jumping around in time. I’ve always been fascinated by alternate forms of history, and this book does a nice job of combining alternate history with time travel. The time periods it focuses on are Victorian England and Africa in the 1863 and Africa in 1914 and a side trip to London in 1840 at the end of the book which was a surprise, but which I won’t spoil. I also enjoyed the extensive description of the scenery and the characters and felt like I was actually in the world of the story. I’m looking forward to going back and reading the other two books in the series as well as reading more books going forward from this author.
Although this book is not marketed to young adults, I feel like an older teenager who enjoys the genre, the historical era, and science fiction would do just fine with it. I plan on offering it to my older son and seeing what happens.
Until next time, be real!