Release Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Open Roan Teen & Tween
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Steampunk | Young Adult
There s no such thing as escaping the Wildensterns... It's been three years since Nathaniel Wildenstern left Ireland and his ruthless family behind. But no one turns his back on the Wildensterns, the powerful family controlling what was once the British Empire. While Nate s been gone, one of his maniacal cousins has been hard at work researching engimals the bizarre living machines with the brains of animals with the intent of creating the ultimate new species. When Nate learns what his cousin has been up to, he knows he must return and put a stop to it. But in his absence, his clan has become even more despised for its merciless hunger for power. For Nate to succeed, he'll have to return in secret because wherever the Wildensterns go, violence and betrayal are sure to follow.
Talking about what happened won't make much sense unless you're a follower of the series. But in case you are, here's what: Nate and Garald survived, the former is in exile, and the latteer is the current family patriarch. Gerald also turned for the worse, our genius is now a mad scientist, apathetic, cautious, prepared, but definitely beatable. They eventually faced off and their confrontation leveled the family to say the least. The Wildenstren Saga and it's proud dynastic clan will never be the same after this.
Oisin McGann is such an amazing storyteller! He's a man's man in that he choreographed the fight scenes with so much blood and gore and spared no detail. I was doing fist pumps and totally absorbed by the whole thing. Aside from being a splendid action man, OMcGann finally revealed the mystery behind his enigmals, these fascinating creatures that's the soul of The Wildenstern Saga. It's a clever paradox, very unique, and clearly inspired by great beasts that are now lost to us.
If you're a lover of historical sci-fi fantasy, I highly recommend this series. And don't even get intimidated by the Steampunk label, you won't be overwhelmed with talks of gadgets and nifty gears. OMcGann has a different take on the genre that's unlike the usual but enthralling nonetheless.