Our heroine of this book is called Claire, who enjoy’s languages and science than learning about being a proper lady who is more concerned about looks and finding a good husband with plenty of money to support her. However fate makes her life difficult, resulting in her father dying and her mother and younger brother moving off to Cornwell for their own safety.
The story is meant to be about Claire, or Lady Claire, and the changes she is forced to make at the tender age of 17 years old. She never thought her life would turn upside down in such a few short weeks, she had thought her Session (where she would be shown off to gentlemen who would try to gain her hand in marriage) would happen in August when she turns 18. Instead she finds herself caring for children from the age of 5 all the way up to 13 years old, none of which have any family to care for them and certainly have no money to get food.
This is where we see exactly how intelligent Claire is, it’s one thing to be smart in a class room, it’s something else to use your brains and wits to overcome such odds like this.
The steampunk isn’t overbearing in this book either, we get a nice gentle dose of it, but it never takes away from the plot of the book and at times it helps to enhance certain moments in the book as well, making the interaction between certain character’s become far more interesting than they would have been without it.
There is also the Bloods and Wits, at first I didn’t realise these were two sections of the society, but it seems a little twist that Shelley Adina has added in here, which is rather nice, it’s also not overly complicated either which makes a reader’s life a little bit easier.
The character’s that we are introduced to aren’t overbearing and are not forgetful either, however this could be due to the fact that the book is rather short, 200 odd pages long in fact and so the character’s don’t ever leave your mind for too long. Of course Claire is the main character of the book and she takes the centre role, she is an interesting character with backbone, who rises up from despair and she comes out a lot stronger than she did at the beginning of the book and no longer thinks of everything in simple black and white.
There isn’t anything to complain about in this book, I do wish it was longer than 200 odd pages though, that would be my main complaint although it could be that the author wants to keep the reader hooked on the story and to carry on reading what Lady Claire will do next.