• Author: Shanna Swendson
    • Published: 14th July 2015
    • Read: August 25, 2016
    • Source: Hardcover
    • Rating: ♥♥♥♥

A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.


If you’re looking for a badass heroine in the 18th century this is the book you’re looking for. A short but entertaining historical fiction slash fantasy that is perfect for readers who are still new to this genre or new to reading at all because the plot could be very predictable especially when a reader has read lots of books that is much similar to the concept. The writing is so easy to figure out and it makes me get into the character so smoothly.

My favorite part in the book is the adventures that finally happened when Verity discovered what she has been trying to figure out. The main character here is one of my favorite heroine because she’s smart, humorous, and wise. I can’t wait to read the sequel of this book.


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