Today, we enter a whole new world. Some of the dangers are far too familiar. But some are very unique and creative. I can’t wait to return to Skyworld, though I’m not sure I would want to live there.
I’ll admit that I didn’t know what ‘steampunk’ was until this book. But it’s pretty cool. Victorian culture, steam-powered advanced technology, a fascination with science.
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About the Book
Book: Secrets in the Mist
Author: Morgan L. Busse
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release date: August 10, 2021
What’s lurking in the Mist is the least of their worries…
In a world where humanity lives in the sky to escape a deadly mist below, Cass’s only goal is survival. That is, until she finds a job on the airship Daedalus as a diver. Now she explores ruined cities, looking for treasure and people’s lost heirlooms until a young man hires her to find the impossible: a way to eradicate the Mist.
Theodore Winchester is a member of one of the Five Families that rule the skies. Following in his father’s footsteps, he searches for the source of the Mist and hopes to stop the purges used to control overpopulation. But what he finds are horrifying secrets and lethal ambition. If he continues his quest, it could mean his own death.
The Mist is rising and soon the world will be enveloped in its deadly embrace, turning what’s left of humanity into the undead.
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Okay, I didn’t realize that this was book 1 in a series when I started it. And on kindle, you don’t notice how close you are to the end of the book. For those reasons, the end was a bit shocking. But it is at a perfect spot. This was my first Morgan L Busse book, but it definitely won’t be the last!!
I love the well-written characters. They feel like friends. Well, except for the ones who are enemies. 🙂
Cass, her story is hard. But her curiosity and courage are very inspiring. She gets herself into a few jams, but she doesn’t give up. Living on the street at 14, with more than the ordinary street dangers is just the beginning.
And the faith of Theo and the captain are woven into the story at just the right level to spark curiosity without being preachy. I think Cass will probably believe by the end of the next book.
Theo is someone I admire. He is determined to learn all he can because he wants to help people. Power for power’s sake seems to turn his stomach, and that’s always wonderful to see in someone on the edge of inheriting a good deal of power.
I received a copy of the book from #celebratelit and chose to review it here. All thoughts are my own.
About the Author
Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series and the award-winning steampunk series, The Soul Chronicles. Her debut novel, Daughter of Light, was a Christy and Carol Award finalist. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.
More from Morgan
I’m afraid to fly. At first, I tried to ignore it. Then the panic attacks came. And the one time I accidentally grabbed my neighbor’s arm during turbulence, which was really embarrassing. But it was when I was waiting for my flight at the airport and felt like I was going to burst into tears right there at the gate that I knew I needed help.
I didn’t want to stop flying. I love traveling! But the fear of plummeting to the ground scared me, so I talked to my doctor and was given medicine to help me calm down. The problem is it made me really groggy. But hey, at least I could fly again.
Then I started writing Secrets in the Mist. Half of this book is about flying and one third is hang gliding. You know, flying with just a kite on your back. To write realistically about hang gliding, I started studying the sport. I read all the articles I could find, watched a lot of YouTube videos, and in the end spent over 10 hours immersing myself in the sky.
As I first imagined, then wrote each scene in Secrets in the Mist, something started to happen. I started to lose my fear of flying. It wasn’t the first time I tried to read the science behind flight to help me lose my fear of flying, but this time, I was doing it in my head. I was feeling the air and wind, tilting my glider, catching the air drafts, and not just understanding how to fly in my mind, but also with my heart.
I realized a plane couldn’t fall out of the sky just like my character couldn’t fall out of the sky. That an experienced flyer understood what to do in storms and sudden gusts of wind. And should the plane actually lose its engines, the pilot would help it glide to the ground the same way my gliders eased their way to a landing.
Not only that, by creating the exhilarating feelings my character felt when she was gliding began to seep into my psyche. I felt her joy and freedom, her lack of fear, and even more, how she felt more connected to God when it was just her, the wind, and the sky. I saw the beauty of flying through my character’s eyes.
I can fly now. Without medication. I actually enjoy the takeoffs and the feeling of the plane gliding through the air. Will I try hang gliding someday? Probably not, I still hate heights. But I never dreamed that writing about flying would help me overcome my fear of it. This is the power of imagination, and the power of story.