Author: Sarah A. Hoyt
Series: First in an unnamed trilogy, the sequel is Soul of Fire
Genre: Steampunk fantasy
Topical Arc: Steampunk!
Copyright Date: 2008
Cover: A woman in gloves holding a parasol watches a flying carpet carrying a building away. There are pyramids and dunes in the background.
First line: "'What is wrong?' Emily asked."
Best part: Ingenious world-building. Flying carpet cruise ships? I love it!
Worst part: Poor editing. There were many errors, some of which made it hard to figure out what the author intended to say.
Recommended for: Steampunk fantasy fans.
Related Reads: This book is a little out of the usual mold, but reminded me of The Difference Engine by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, and General Winston's Daughter by Sharon Shinn.
Emily's honeymoon is not going at all the way she expected. Sure, the carpetship is glamorous, and she still loves her new husband as much as ever. But why will he not come to the marriage bed? Near Cairo, things get even more complicated. A dragon, an old friend of her husband's, and a terrible secret will test Emily in ways she's never dreamed of.
This is an interesting and original book. Still, it did not leave me riveted - in fact, I don't even feel a huge desire to read the sequel. C+.