Sigmund Shaw {Review}

Disclaimer: I was sent an ebook copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Any opinions are my own and by no means is meant to discourage others from forming their own opinions.


Some secrets should not remain hidden…
Turn of the century London, a gritty world of steam and clockwork. Sigmund Shaw wants nothing more than to care for his sister and his niece, even if it means occasionally exceeding the law. Although reluctant, his penchant for gadgets and creativity makes him a successful thief – until he is accused of a crime he actually didn’t commit. With the threat of war looming from within the Empire, Sigmund needs to find allies to prove his innocence and prevent the unthinkable.

While the mystery unfolds, the ramifications grow resulting in blackmail, murder, battles on the ground and in the clouds – and an invention that could change the world forever.


Rating: ★★★☆☆ {3.5}

Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure was admittedly not my usual type of read, it is actually quite good if you like books that are a bit mysterious, center around political events and slowly reveal information throughout the course of the book. Unfortunately I didn’t find these qualities all that enjoyable and if it wasn’t for my curiosity pushing me to keep reading I probably would have DNFed the book around the 20% mark. That being said one thing I did like about the book was the focus on family and friends rather than a romantic interest, it was a welcome change from the romance driven plots that have become a common aspect of most novels today.

As far as the characters go Sarah was probably my favourite of the family, she was a ray of sunshine despite her disability and it was refreshing to see a character with such a disability be portrayed as she was rather than the common portrayal of unhappiness that we sometimes see in books. That being said I would have liked a bit more background on Sarah’s condition than what was provided considering the large role she had on Sigmund’s choices throughout the story.

One complaint I did have was the disappearance of some characters near the end of the book, for example Sigmund’s friend Harry and Chief Inspector Holmes. What happened to them? Holmes is mentioned again briefly at the end but other than that they just sort of fell off the map.

Overall I wouldn’t say I loved Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure, but I also can’t say I disliked it all that much. I do think that others out there would appreciate it more than I did, so please ignore all my bellyaching and give it a read! If you do I would love to hear your opinion 🙂

I would like to extend a massive thank you to Mark for sending me a copy of his book, and giving me the pleasure of experiencing the product of all his hard work. He also sent me a copy of his other book “Whispers of Bedlam Asylum” and I hope to get to that book sometime in the coming months!


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