You may remember that a few weeks ago I wrote about a new book called The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth. I was sent a really nice VIP box for the new release including an invitation from main female protagonist, Constance Haltwhistle, to her coming out party, and a tiara!
I just finished the book last night and I have to say it is one of my most fun books I’ve read recently!
The novel is funny, adventurous, and is the perfect steampunk regency rom com. If you don’t know what steampunk is, it is retrofuturistic science fiction. In the case of The Brass Queen , Constance Haltwhistle, is a young woman in England who is in need of finding a husband by the end of the week or else she will lose her entire estate. During Victorian times, women cannot inherit property and her father is “traveling”, but really he is in another dimension. She can’t tell people that for obvious reasons so he has been assumed dead and if she doesn’t find a husband she will have to forfeit everything to her horrible Uncle.
Oh yeah, and she’s also the Brass Queen, an arms dealer in all things brass and metal!
Prince Lucien, a favorite grandson of Queen Victoria, has plans to wipe out the entire royal family and take over so he has partnered with King Oscar of Sweden to use invisibility serum to assemble a league of invisible assassins to sabotage the Queen’s parade and also take out Constance in the process. Early on in the novel, in an attempt to kill Constance at her party, three scientists are kidnapped.
An American spy, Trusdale, gets involved after saving Constance, not that she needed saving as she likes to remind him, and as a colleague of one of the kidnapped scientists. Together they work to find the scientists while fighting off invisible assassins and trying to find a husband for Constance.
The book is lengthy at approximately 430 pages but it is so fun that you’ll constantly be turning the pages and not wanting to put it down! I finished it fairly quickly – about a week or a little longer with only reading a few chapters each day (the chapters fly by) and really hunkering down to finish it yesterday.
I kept thinking to myself that I hope Chatsworth writes a sequel so we can see more adventures from Constance and Trusdale and when I read her Q&A at the end of the book I saw that one is in the works!
*This book was sent to me complimentary, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.*
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