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Review: Highfell Grimoires



A Book by a Female Author: Highfell Grimoires by Langley Hyde



Born to privilege, gifted in languages and spells, Neil Franklin has planned his brilliant future—from academic accolades to a proper marriage—and is intent upon upholding his family name and honor. The sudden death of his parents shatters all of that, leaving Neil and his younger sister beggared and orphaned.
When Neil’s estranged uncle offers him a bargain that will save him and his sister from debtor’s prison or exile, Neil eagerly agrees. Handing over the family grimoire as collateral for their debt, Neil devotes himself to working as a teacher for wayward youths at a charity school high in the clouds.
But Highfell Hall is not the charity Neil imagines it to be and the young men there aren’t training for the dull lives of city clerks. Amidst the roaring engines and within the icy stone halls, machinations and curious devices are at work. And one man, the rough and enigmatic Leofa, holds the key to the desire that Neil has fled from all his life and a magic as dangerous as treason.



Very classic steam punk. Impossible words, Victorian phrase and tone, aether, and a proper gentlemanly protagonist. Beautiful. A fair amount of the beginning was explaining how the world worked. But it was done in an interesting way, so wasn't an issue. It was a very slow build to the conflict and well done. I liked that there were plenary of small problems for the characters, adding some realism.

Also the same sex attraction between the two main characters was very secondary. It was a steam punk story with a gay romance, not a gay steam punk story. I enjoyed that was how the focus was written. Biggest disappointment is that this seems to be her only book.


Rating: A



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