Tin Swift: The Age of Steam (Age of Steam, Book 2)

Tin Swift: The Age of Steam Book 2
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The whole cast is back from the previous book: Cedar, Wil, Mae, Rose, Hink, and the Madder brothers, and some new characters are introduced: the mysterious Mr. Wicks, how has a tendency to keep popping up; Father Kyne, a native American preacher who has a hold over the Madders; and Mayor Vosbrough, who seems to be up to no good. Cedar is with Mae and the Madders as they search for the holder; Rose is still in the coven as repairs are being made to the airship from the last book, Tin Swift.

Wil gets more time in human form, and although I like his character in wolf form, it is still a welcome change. Unfortunately, there are several problems with the story. Nothing really happens until about pages in.

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The story is not necessarily bad…it just moves at a glacial pace as characters move around and try to solve mysteries. Part of the problem, which is true for any story that uses alternating viewpoints, is that if you find one viewpoint more interesting than the other, you must struggle through one you like like to get to the one you like more.

It is thoroughly, totally uninteresting. Wicks himself is the most ho-hum character Monk has created. At first he is in the story as jealous tension, then he pops up at various places without any explanation as to how or why he is there. Spoiler alert — skip to the next paragraph if necessary. The finale with Vosbrough is very anti-climactic and underwhelming.

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Cedar should be dead but inexplicably soldiers on, impossible to kill, robbing the story of tension the same complaint I had with Tin Swift. Some plot points are never explained fully: how were the children taken? What was the power plant used for? Why did Cedar have memories of Vosbrough that were vague and incoherent? Why was Cedar slow to heal even before his transference with Father Kyne?

What is the significance of a cold copper triangle Cedar found and put in his pocket? Why did the Strange attack him after it lead him to the children? It had too many non-compelling pages, an ending that feels rushed, too much time devoted to the useless Mr. Wicks, and some glaring plot holes that remain unanswered. I do appreciate the amount of time Monk has to put into research, and I would have liked to see the automaton featured in the story more, but maybe that was a setup for the next book. Format: Oversized Paperback, First Edition, Was it a good decision?

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Our story picks up some way past where Dead Iron ended. Both Cedar and Wil still bear their curse, with Wil trapped as a wolf except under a new moon, and Cedar is still a werewolf under a full moon. Things get off to a bad start right away when Cedar kills a man without even realizing it.

It seems the beast within can sometimes take over his mind, even without Cedar changing into wolf form.

The situation goes from bad to worse when the group stumbles into a trap set by the Strange, and Rose is injured by a piece of the holder. And a whole new cast of characters are introduced, that both help and hinder the situation. There are a few ship-to-ship battles that are described quite well. The title of the story is derived from one such ship made out of tin, called the Swift.

The Swift is piloted by Captain Hink, a pirate-like scoundrel who is more than he seems, with a significant backstory that is essential to the plot. His crew is not explored with as much depth, although one crew member is related to Gregor, the blacksmith in the first book.

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Though it is still a character-driven story, much of the development of characters was covered in the first book. This allows Monk to move the story along at a brisk pace. The action sequences are plentiful, and suspense abounds throughout the story. And some characters still seem to be impossible to kill, removing some of the tension. I was also able to predict some of the plot threads a little more than I was able to in the first book.