Sunday, June 20, 2021

Secrets in the Mist By Morgan L. Busse

Secrets in the Mist
by Morgan L. Busse
Publisher: Enclave Escape
Series: Skyworld
ISBN: 978-1621841876

Being an avid Morgan L. Busse fan I knew I needed to give her Skyworld series a try. When she gave the opportunity to join her launch team for Secrets in the Mist I was front and center. So glad I was! I was sent the ebook for review.

Summary:

What’s lurking in the Mist is the least of their worries…

In a world where humanity lives in the sky to escape a deadly mist below, Cass’s only goal is survival. That is, until she finds a job on the airship Daedalus as a diver. Now she explores ruined cities, looking for treasure and people’s lost heirlooms until a young man hires her to find the impossible: a way to eradicate the Mist.

Theodore Winchester is a member of one of the Five Families that rule the skies. Following in his father’s footsteps, he searches for the source of the Mist and hopes to stop the purges used to control overpopulation. But what he finds are horrifying secrets and lethal ambition. If he continues his quest, it could mean his own death.

The Mist is rising and soon the world will be enveloped in its deadly embrace, turning what’s left of humanity into the undead.

My Review:

Wow! That's where I'd like to start with Secrets in the Mist!

I just finished listening to the author's steampunk series The Soul Chronicles and was excited to get started with this one. Can I just say I feel like she has cornered the market on Christian steampunk?! She's got me hook, line, and sinker!

She's created such an incredible and believable world that it came to life as soon as I started reading the story! Don't you love how you can feel such emotion for a character even when you've only just met them? That's how I felt for Cass. She's left alone in her world to fend for herself and thankfully finds herself on an airship that honestly, I would've loved to get a ride on and I don't even like flying!

We also meet Theo, from one of the rich families, who lives on the sky islands. And I have to admit, I'd love to try out one of his zippers. Lots of flying machines! While he may be from one of the Five Families, he has more of a care for those trying to survive below and those who suffer the purges.

I love how Cass ends up on the Deadalus. The captain becomes one of my favorite characters. He gives her a sense of family, belonging, and purpose. He also gives her more insight into Elaeros - this world's name for God. It's incredible how the author is able to weave the important faith element into her story! She seems to have a natural ability to be a diver and creates quite the reputation for herself.

Now, I totally get zombie vibes from this story and yes, it's super creepy when they show up on the scene. Those who end up in the mist, the Turned, are obviously my least favorite part of the story. I mean, who wants the divers being attacked? Imagine diving into unknown (and sometimes known) territory not knowing if you'll have a quiet day to retrieve artifacts or if you'll be shooting up Turned left and right!

The writing was so good in this story that my only problem is, the ending is such a HUGE cliffhanger, how am I supposed to wait patiently for the next book?!

About the Author:

Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the FOLLOWER OF THE WORD series, THE SOUL CHRONICLES, and THE RAVENWOOD SAGA. She is a three-time Christy Award finalist and winner of both the INSPY and the Carol Award for best in Christian speculative fiction. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel. Visit her online at www.morganlbusse.com.

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