Cyrus Darian and the Technomicron: A Penny Dreadful Review
I couldn't tell you why Cyrus Darian is such a compelling character. I should hate him. He's callous and depraved, selfish and cruel, bosom buddies with a prince of Hell, and a womanizer. Yet he has a "deadly charisma," an odd compassion for his team, and an insatiable curiosity that I love. Once Raven Dane's anti-hero hears about a mysterious tome called the Technomicron, he can't resist the chase. And I couldn't resist this book.
Arranged in short, action-packed nuggets, Cyrus Darian and the Technomicron is easy to "just one more chapter" all night. Full of twists and adventures, it is a sheer delight to read. The plot, much like the main character, does not always tread the expected dance. This can be a bit disorienting, but it's a hell of a ride.
Raven Dane creates brilliant characters. From the gambling inventor Hardwick to the tortured and beautiful Prince Belial, each is unforgettable and unique. Even minor players shine. Fancy Dan, a brute that appears in about three scenes, has a backstory, dreams, and life (well, until he dies).
The Victorian Steampunk Society voted this book the best novel of 2011. They certainly knew what they were talking about. This book contains horror, sex, and a very bad man - and that's just the hero! I give Cyrus Darian and the Technomicron four and a half gears out of five. The best part is that it is the beginning of a series!
Your Correspondent From The Bookstore,
Penny J. Merriweather