So glad to finally have finished this book.
I really enjoyed this story. The whole steamer-boat thing is a little out of my normal interests, but the story was compelling throughout. Even the parts that were all about the boats and racing, etc., were still written in such a way as to continue to be interesting. I really like the relationship between York and Marsh. The unlikely friendship is one that I enjoyed greatly. I was surprised by the ending. (view spoiler)[It was a little odd to me that York wouldn’t have figured out some of the reason he couldn’t be bloodmaster during those 13 years of loathing. Marsh is not at all as intelligent as York and figured it out during a few hours stand-off in a saloon…that is unlikely to me. (hide spoiler)] But overall the story was really good. I wouldn’t give it 5 stars because, although I enjoyed this book, this is not a normal read for me. The fact that it is a vampire story is only just a blip to the story as a whole. It is mostly told through the eyes of Marsh, a human, and is his story.
The epilogue was a cool little surprise. I wonder how true that is… with the gravestone. Could it be the author’s muse for this story?
Anyone who has read George RR Martin and enjoyed his Song of Ice and Fire series will not be dissatisfied by this book. It is within his writing style to keep things interesting even when the story is lagging overall. But this is, by no means, to be compared to that series. It is an entirely different style of book both in genre and in plot….but still worth a try.