Author: Rae Gee
Publication Date: 25th April 2012
Format: E-Book -PDF
Genre: Steampunk / Fantasy / M/M
Source: Review Copy from Author
A storyteller steps off a pier and into a world of steampunk oddities, fearsome weapons, and a dangerous man. Promised fame and fortune by the country's largest weapons manufacturer, Cedo gratefully falls into the arms of Erus Veetu. Dark, dangerous and with nothing to lose, Erus shows him that Svenfur isn't all Cedo thought it was. For beneath the streets is a dark, gas lit world of slavery, human sacrifice, and deadly machines. With the machines waging war in the East, can Cedo stop the country's deadliest man from bringing it to the shores of England? Or is he too late to penetrate the cold exterior of his Master and halt the cogs and gears of progress?
Set in a Victorian world of sex, drugs and steampower, Mars on the Rise tells a dark, gritty story of what happens when our dreams come true. Whether we want them to or not. (Goodreads Synopsis)
A friend sent me this book to read as she knows the author and so I wasn't sure what to expect.
There were some aspects of the book that I enjoyed. The story idea was sound and interesting and it has great potential as a continuing series.
What fell short for me was some of the character development as there is little justification for Cedo's sudden love for Erus and that made it hard to accept his decisions as the book progressed.
Still, the writing was strong and I think there is room to develop the characters further in the next book, so for that reason, I am giving it three stars.
There are some m/m sex scenes in this book, so it is more for an adult readership and note suitable for the YA audience.