American Civil War in an alternate universe with clockwork/clockwerk and unusual aether as energy source – light ok but dark so very much not.
In this novel we now have the Civil War being fought by 3 factions. The north, the South and the Confederate President – Smythe – who was forced out, who has now partnered himself up with Mexico. And some Texas Rangers – but not the good guys. Now in reality Mexico went to war with America over Texas annexation 1846-8 rather than being in partnership with some of the South, but again it was all about Texas. And the related border lands. Who held what and who ruled what. Mexico being somewhat annoyed about Texas being annexed of course.
Smythe is not a real character in our version of the War of Independence, at least on the Confederate side. There was a Percy Smythe fighting but he was a British Lord..
So with this alternate history in mind we have 3 factions. And 2 of these want Smythe gone for good – so Lee and Grant form a pact and peace in order to fight together against Smythe and Mexico. And so the political manoeuvring continues..
Scarlet plays a large part in this novel with a rather special gun and her ability to assassinate easily.
I found this novel not as interesting as the previous two, still a 4 star but I am losing interest in the Civil War and all the fighting. Would appeal to young gamers no doubt.