The Silver Sickle - Ellie Ann,  Troy Aaron Ratliff
I know a lot of people are calling "The Silver Sickle" steampunk, but not me. It's science fiction and 1980s fantasy -- yum!

To me, there was something of "The Blue Sword" by Robin McKinley style of things. There was the strong heroine; the hero who isn't out to change the world, just save those he loves; the richly imagined world; and the moral dilemmas.

The moral dilemmas are interesting and well-developed. The science fiction element brings in intriguing possibilities that Ellie Ann twists and turns unexpectedly.

Others define steampunk differently, but for me I like a Victorian flavour to it - which isn't in "The Silver Sickle". Just explaining my opening point of view.

This is a quest story that works. I liked the opening where two characters know they're in love and the challenges that presents. Enjoy the adventure!

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author.