The Broken Lands

Author: Kate Milford
Pages: 464
Publisher: Clarion
Format: Hardcover (ARC) 
 My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): A crossroads can be a place of great power. So begins this deliciously spine-tingling prequel to Kate Milford’s The Boneshaker, set in the colorful world of nineteenth-century Coney Island and New York City. Few crossroads compare to the one being formed by the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, and as the bridge’s construction progresses, forces of unimaginable evil seek to bend that power to their advantage. Only two orphans with unusual skills stand in their way. Can the teenagers Sam, a card sharp, and Jin, a fireworks expert, stop them before it’s too late?

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

My Summary: The Civil War has ended, but the United States of America is in bad shape. The  war has left the country broken and scarred, but the people are resilient as ever.

My Thoughts: As a lover of all things historical fiction, I had a great feeling about this novel before I even began. A little research told me that it was a prequel to another book - which I plan to go out and get ASAP - and that it was set in New York after the Civil War. Basically, you had me at 'historical fiction'. 

The mix of magical and historical elements was done flawlessly. I loved the idea of the pillars - people with powers who were there to defend the city. Milford's world-building was excellent, and the way she didn't ignore the social issues of the time period made for a great read.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys fantasy, historical fiction, and anything to do with adventure. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to buy the next book in the series: The Boneshaker.

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