Tea, Love ... and Revolution! The Rebel Mechanics aren’t the only group plotting revolution against the magical British Empire. There are rebel magisters, as well, and Verity Newton and her magister employer, Lord Henry, know that the only way for the revolution to succeed is if both groups work together. A diplomatic mission seems like the perfect opportunity for them to meet with rebels in other colonies and gather support—right under the governor’s nose. From drawing rooms, ballrooms, and the harbor in Boston to the streets of Charleston, Verity and Henry find themselves up against stubborn factions of both magisters and Mechanics and increasingly aware that they can only really count on each other as their relationship deepens. It may take a real crisis to unite the rebel movements and rally them to the cause—but could such a crisis also tear them apart?
Rebel Magistersby Shanna Swendson
Verity and Lord Henry are back and the revolution is on in Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson. Although there are a few references to prior events to re-orient the reader, there is not a lot of time devoted to backstory, and the novel keeps a brisk clip. Having recently read several series that don't seem to progress and only rehash, it was terribly refreshing to have this book move the story along, take it in a new direction, and reveal new information about some old characters. No formula followed here. (This second book has a different publisher than the first; it perhaps doesn't have the polish of the first book, but that was a small trade-off for serious plot movement!)
This series is such a charming find: espionage, daring escapes, magic, steampunk,--and even something for lovers of Jane Austen. With older protagonists, young adult readers of all ages will enjoy. Anxiously awaiting the next installment!
Violence/Gore: Reference to events from previous book, general in nature; characters knocked unconscious; property destroyed; extended scene of gunshot wound treatment, with mention of blood, but not particularly descriptive; character has bruising on face; scene of peril and pursuit.
Sex/Nudity: Character attracted to another; character remembers past embraces and kisses with someone; reference to "slumming"; reference to decolletage; characters hold hand upon occasions, many of which are for practical purposes or comfort, but there is some attraction, too; characters embrace; arm around waist and spin another; brief passionate kiss.
Mature Subject Matter:
Treason, espionage, rebellion, illegal activities.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Reviewed By Cindy