There are three stories in the Flash Gold Chronicles so far.
Summary: Kali McAlister just wants to win a race. The thousand dollar prize will get her out of Moose Hollow forever. The only problem is that every criminal in North America is trying to capture her due to the five thousand dollar bounty on her head. Some very powerful people want what her late father was working on and they’re willing to kill to get it.
*If this sounds good check out our review of Lady of Devices*
Review: This story takes place in the Yukon and since it’s summer I was happy to read about winter. To be honest I’m usually happy to read about winter. I really liked this story. It was well done and I really felt like I was part of the race. There is a scene that takes place as they are speeding across a frozen lake that’s thrilling.
Right from the beginning you can see that Kali McAlister is a unique person with unique gifts. Her partner is unique too. Cedar has several extraordinary talents that make Kali curious. He shows up just when she needs someone the most. I don’t want to say any more about Cedar. I don’t want to spoil the surprise.
Kali is a fantastic character. Even though she is just eighteen she’s been through a lot. Her mother was a “witch” and her father was a tinker so she’s considered a half breed. The town mostly hates her they even try to sabotage her sled during the race. Her only real friend in town is Nelly. Nelly owns the town’s adult establishment- Nelly’s Good-Time Girls. Everyone else treats her badly. Kali is up against the world. It’s a very good thing she’s smart and handy with her tinkering. It’s also a good thing that Nelly meets Cedar and sends him to Kali’s shop.
This story has everything that good steampunk should. Well developed characters, wild adventure, modified rifles, mechanical dogs and spur-of-the-moment explosives. This novella is well worth the couple of hours it takes to read it. Even if you don’t know anything about steampunk you’ll love this grand adventure. I can’t wait to start the next one.
PG-13 Violence. It involves Cedar and his talents. I’m not saying anymore.