A quest to heal the earth, reflected in the heroes’ quest to heal their hearts. It’s a big ol’ metaphor. It was a good book, although I often felt like the plot was missing important pieces.
If you liked the first book you’ll want to keep reading. I did.
Apparently this is a silkpunk (which is not just Asian steampunk) novella. I dig it. Also I’ve really come to enjoy sci-fi and fantasy that embraces non-traditional gender identities, which this does in a way that’s complementary to the plot and setting. It’s a page-turner.
English magic is fading and it’s at least partly because of the patriarchy. If you liked Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, you’ll probably like this book even better. It’s set in the same era, but written more friendly to modern readers so it is more of a page-turner. Also the central heroine is a compelling character (if sometimes annoyingly dense, as most heroes apparently must be).
It’s fashionable to call yourself a magician and talk about English Magic but not actually do magic. Except two guys actually can. Plus fairies. Good, long read, but also a slow read since it is written in period prose.