I adore witty writing. If I could have brunch with any author from history, it would be Oscar Wilde. So I was utterly delighted with the writing in The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth. It had some of the tongue-in-cheek of Terry Pratchett in a steampunk world. I never would have imagined that one book could effectively include invisible assassins, alternate dimension, spies, secret arms dealers, and one young lady forced to wed or lose her family estate, but The Brass Queen wove them all together in a charming romp that kept me entertained and chuckling. It was especially fun that the story was told from the POV of both Constance and Trusdale. The play between each other as they found the other both fascinating and irritating just added to the fun banter of the novel. I cannot wait to read about their next adventure!
Here is the official Goodreads Synopsis:
In 1897, a fiery British aristocrat and an inept US spy search for a stolen invisibility serum that could spark a global war.
Miss Constance Haltwhistle is the last in a line of blue-blooded rogue inventors. Selling exotic firearms under her alias, the ‘Brass Queen,’ has kept her baronial estate’s coffers full. But when US spy, Trusdale, saves her from assassins, she’s pulled into a search for a scientist with an invisibility serum. As royal foes create an invisible army to start a global war, Constance and Trusdale must learn to trust each other. If they don’t, the world they know will literally disappear before their eyes.