Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Coilhunter Chronicles (Books 1-3) by Dean. F. Wilson

Wow is what I can say to Dean F. Wilson's The Coilhunter Chronicles (Books 1-3)...It's been a long time since a steampunk book series has left me satisfied. Dean managed to change that. It's an exceptional dark ride through a world of western steampunk, so if you're down for a ride, go for it. (full review below)

     The Coilhunter Chronicles (Books 1-3) by Dean. F. Wilson is an exceptional dark ride through a world of western steampunk! Strongly recommend if you enjoy these types of books.

     This series consists of three books, Coilhunter, Rustkiller and Dustrunner. All take place in the Wild North- a place with no laws or rules. Coilhunter is mainly focused on Nox finding his family's killer/s. Rustkiller involves Nox helping kids track down their parents in a place no one ventures and many steampunk elements. Dustrunner involves Nox being framed for murder and trying to clear his name while finding the killer/s. Dustrunner contains a little less steampunk elements than the previous books.

     Each book is unique yet ties together nicely, whether it be the theme or characters. It's hard to pick a favorite. I enjoyed the duck, Oddcopper (wish it would have had a larger part), and the Iron gunslinger the most.

     The narrator, R. C. Bray, is marvelous. He hits the characters dead on and is a perfect fit for this series.

     These are the steampunk books I've been waiting for. I haven’t been fully satisfied with a steampunk book for a while and this has changed that. I can’t recommend it enough. Ended up buying the ebook series as well as it will be a repeat listen/read.

     Older reviews mention inaccuracy with shot gun shells and grammar, those have been corrected.

     Should you listen or read this? Absolutely, especially if you're looking for an odd, darker, steampunk western fantasy. Be warned, if you're looking for a happy ending, you may not find it here, but yes, the ending fits well with tone of the books.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings: hell, damn are occasionally used (no s or f words), death, weapons-mainly guns, fighting, deaths by fire, loss of family (spouse and children), prostitution, drinking, burn victim, people being sold and forced to work as slaves in mines, parents abandoning their children (I’ll leave it at that due to spoilers). There are no laws in the Wild North, which result in violence and death on many levels.

If I had any critique for the author/book, it would be to infuse more of Nox’s toys into the last book.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!
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