Scourge by David H. Burton
(I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review)
Amazon product description:
Two dads, five siblings, and goggles!
Grim Doyle has always known his life was not exactly "normal", and things get even more curious when he discovers a set of stones that sweep him and his family to the fantasy, steampunk world of Verne - a place they had escaped from years ago. Now that they've returned, Grim and his siblings hide from the evil Lord Victor and his minions. And while learning about Jinns, Mystics, and the power of absinth they try to discover who is trying to kill them with the deadly Scourge.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I had not heard much about it before I read it, and I am new to the steampunk genre. I was pleasantly surprised - this was an entertaining and enjoyable read.
I think that David H. Burton does a nice job developing his characters. They all had distinct personality traits that complimented each other. There are a wide variety of characters from different worlds in the story and I was impressed with his attention to detail in that regard.
The world building is well done. David gives fantastical descriptions of Verne and the people and machines. He is descriptive in his language and the reader is easily able to paint a picture of what is going on in the story at any given time.
I was impressed with the story line, he is very imaginative and creative. I found myself on the edge of my seat at times and hoping for the story to turn the way I wanted.
To sum it up - - - I think this is well written, entertaining, and just the right blend of thrill and mystery. I would readily recommend it to my readers and will be looking for more stories in the Grim Doyle series.