The Masque of the Red Death – Bethany Griffin

Posted: July 3, 2013 in Review, steampunk

masque of the red deathA devastating plague has swept through the city leaving scores dead; no one can survive catching it.  Araby Worth’s father is a scientist dedicated to finding a cure, though it’s too late for his son.  Lost in grief, Araby only has the nights to look forward to when she goes dancing in the Debauchery Club till dawn.  She meets two very different boys there who distract and intrigue her.  Will is the gorgeous and enigmatic proprietor of the club, while Elliot is her best friend’s brother and a romantic poet who is also hiding secrets.

Set in a world where Victorian morals coexist with air ships and clockwork body parts, this is an entertaining read with a strong plot and engaging characters.  Not normally a steampunk fan, I was drawn into Araby’s world and was compelled to keep reading as I had to find out what happened next.  A really engaging story aimed at teens, this is grown up enough to appeal to adults as well.  I look forward to Dance of the Red Death and returning to Araby’s world.


Supplied by Gollancz

Reviewed by Jan

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