I read the review and I really got enthusiastic about this book but when I finished reading it I was very disappointed. Let's start with the good parts. I really enjoyed the details of the futuristic /steampunk London and the buildings. I also liked a lot the description of people and the choice of words of the writer. I think the series has potential, but the potential is lost due to the mistakes in syntax and character behavior.
I didn't like the number of obvious mistakes in the book. I think the editor did a very poor job. For example, "the boy wanted his mummy". His what? Mummies are found in Egypt. Or sentences like, "the tiny child refused to allow the thoughts to die" or "in the glass of the window, he held the cool gaze of the unmoving man he held". I also didn't like the sudden change of characters. For example, when a character is sadistic and callous and hardened by life, this cannot change in half a page. The writer changed the emotions and reactions of the characters in the flick of a finger. No. If you want to change someone they must be shocked to their core by an unusual and powerful event. Then slowly change their personality, not in two paragraphs. Unless they have some kind of psychological disorder, a sadist cannot be reduced to a crying child in the course of minutes. And this happens regularly in the book.
I also didn't like the fact the main character Cedo, did things a normal person wouldn't. I mean come on, why he had to make oral sex to some old stranger to get cash and return home? This is ridiculous and out of character. He can just go back to the theatre. If you want to put him through a situation like this, think harder, think of something else that justifies it.
I believe this book should have a make over and the company which published it should hire decent editors and do a better job. I am really disappointed because the writer has potential and I believe she can do much better than this. I hope the second book is better because it's a shame.show more