Monday, September 26, 2016

Book Review: Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson

Rebel Mechanics #2
Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Steampunk
Publication.Date:July 12, 2016
Pages:238 (eBook)
Published By:  NLA Digital
Website:Shanna Swendson 

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Tea, Love ... and Revolution!

The Rebel Mechanics aren’t the only group plotting revolution against the magical British Empire. There are rebel magisters, as well, and Verity Newton and her magister employer, Lord Henry, know that the only way for the revolution to succeed is if both groups work together. A diplomatic mission seems like the perfect opportunity for them to meet with rebels in other colonies and gather support—right under the governor’s nose.

From drawing rooms, ballrooms, and the harbor in Boston to the streets of Charleston, Verity and Henry find themselves up against stubborn factions of both magisters and Mechanics and increasingly aware that they can only really count on each other as their relationship deepens. It may take a real crisis to unite the rebel movements and rally them to the cause—but could such a crisis also tear them apart?


I was an immediate fan of Rebel Mechanics when I read it last year. When it ended, I was a little sad that it was a standalone so imagine my surprise when I saw a fellow blogger add Rebel Magisters on Goodreads!

Much like Rebel Mechanics, this follow-up is fast-paced and entertaining. Verity continues to assist the Mechanics and Henry in starting a revolution against the high-ranking Magisters, only now she becomes a liaison between the Rebel Mechanics and a few choice Magisters who no longer support the British throne.

Verity, still distrustful of the Magisters after they tricked her into joining them, continues to assist them as she approves of their end game, but questions some of their motives and ways they accomplish some of their smaller tasks. I like that she kept her eyes and ears open around the group due to her past experiences and didn't just ignore their wrongdoings.

Verity becomes a stronger contender in the upcoming revolution this time around. While Lord Henry is aware of her commitments to the Rebel Mechanics, she still has to sneak around the city delivering letters. Not to mention, the children's grandfather is The Duke of New York (aka governor of the American colonies), which adds an extra element of risk. Speaking of the children, I became such a huge fan of Flora during this novel and I can't wait to see what becomes of her character in future installments.

The relationship between Verity and Lord Henry, now that their secrets are out in the open (at least between one another), is adorable. Because of their class difference, they can't express themselves as they wish to but their secret glances and meetings tell us the whole story.

I'm glad Shanna went ahead with writing and publishing this second installment because while I was content with the ending of Rebel Mechanics, I craved more of this world. I will warn you that Rebel Magisters is not the end. While Shanna states she has plans to continue the series, she doesn't yet have any details. I, however, will be waiting with baited breath for the next book in this series!

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