Until very recently, I had no idea what Steampunk was. I read a few sample pages of a steampunk novel this past Spring and found it only mildly interesting but not my cup of tea. Imagine my surprise then, when I picked up a copy of The Captain and the Lady Fair: Changing Times by Quinne Darkover.
Mr Darkover drew me right into this book with an airship explosion at sea which left only a young woman and an infant as survivors. The tension builds as the Captain of the the Lady Fair follows his instincts to reach the survivors in time and effect a rescue.
He keeps the reader enthralled as the Captain leads his mostly female crew on a page-turning adventure through the challenges of fights with airsharks and dreadnaughts, assassins, and politics while overcoming the social prejudices of the times.
Mr Darkover paints vivid pictures of lovable and multidimensional characters and despicable villains. I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next and how the various characters would work it all out. So much so that I finally just put everything on hold and spent the day finishing this book. I'm not sorry that I did.
I would happily recommend this book to anyone.