White Fire War
By Dean McMillan
The Nation-World of Graytayne has a Lord Protector empowered by the Stefanites who defeated the Queens forces and exiled them to the Isle of Briars. The ex-Queens men are depicted much as the Musketeers were though they are not permitted to arm in any fashion. The Lord Protectors men are referred to as Grenadiers and are portrayed as power abusing turn-keys always out to climb the ladder. A subplot on the island actually gives a hat nod to Lovecraft.
Three obelisks and some ancient machinery aid in forming a link between Graytayne and another world that has a nation known as Damerya. The use of Aon science allows them to fly air ships amongst other things.
It is a very involved story that I feel has a lot of the features that draw people to Steampunk though this is genre cast as such. There are four protagonists and two antagonist who all loan their points of view in the telling of this story. While that might be dizzying in some books it actually works out here.
I liked this work for the quality of the story telling and the imagination unveiled. I’m giving it four out of five satisfaction units of your choice.