An Ill Wind
Forbidden Series Book 3
Published: May 2015
It has been eight hundred and seventy years since The Great War and the quality of life of the war-torn-countryside is slowly improving, thanks to the pioneering spirit of Harmony’s grandmother and grandfather.
Harmony and Boy have been flying her grandmother’s airship since her death. They use it to deliver food supplies and found objects from The Forbidden Lands to the few, last remaining humans on earth. It’s on one of these trips up the east coast an unexpected storm pulls the airship out into the open ocean. Even though Harmony struggles to keep Airus airborne, the strong winds are too much and it crashes into the ocean.
When Harmony regains consciousness, she discovers Airus has been pulled in by the tide onto a tiny island – that’s the only good news. There’s no fresh water on the island, her two robots are damaged, Airus’ balloon is deflated, and the friction engine is broken. All of that might be enough to defeat someone else, but Harmony has never been known to give up. She’s lucky enough to be blessed with her grandmother’s grit, determination and bullheadedness.
Unlike book 2, this installment of the Forbidden Series is not action packed. Instead, it focuses more on Harmony and her overall character development. It gives us readers a more in depth view of her relationship with Boy, his past relationship with Liberty, and Molly is given a voice as well. There really aren’t a million things to say since there’s no grand adventure. But, as a fan of this series, I will say that despite the lack of action, I really enjoyed it. I was grateful to know Harmony better as she works on her airship and reflects on her life. By the end I was pleased with how things turn out and look forward to more steampunk adventures in the future. A short, but fulfilling story.
4 out of 5 stars