Lily Marin – Three Short Steampunk Stories is about a woman in the Victorian era who lives a double life. Through the day we see her as a normal lady who sings in the clubs, but at night her alter-ego, The Masked Woman comes out to play.
The first two stories that we read gives us a basic idea of who Lily Marin is, just barely though. We know who her friend is, we know she enjoy’s singing and we also know that she is very righteous. The other side, The Masked Woman, is something else, we know it’s just a persona that Lily put on, that she was created due to something that went wrong, but she uses it to help aid the police – even though the police aren’t thankful for that.
Given that the first two stories are meant to cement Lily Marin into our minds as a character, to make her come to life, the author failed at that, she just seemed so bland and rather what a lot of writer try to do already with women, make them independent and although acting like meek women they are anything but. Lily could have been a much stronger character if she was just given a bit more of a personality. She also could have been better if the origin of how she came to become The Masked Woman was revealed slowly throughout the stories instead of having the last story reveal it to us, which would have been better served at the start or even in the middle of the book.
The characters that The Masked woman has to face are a bit bland too, the only one who was rather interesting was the Doctor is the last story, the other’s were boring and didn’t have any real motive revealed as to why they were doing what they did, and I have to say ‘The Angel’ motive story was rather bland and petty to be of a great impact.
The stories aren’t terrible, but they could have been so much more, Lily Marin could be so much more of a character that what she appeared in these three stories.