Forbidden Series #2
Punk & Sissy Publications
March 4, 2015
August 22, 2017
Freedom isn’t a place Harmony would normally travel to, but she’s there on a mission to rescue her brother and cousin, Walker and Journey. Since The Great War, the world has become a barren and unfriendly place. If Harmony didn’t already know that, she certainly does the moment she winds up in the walled-off city of Freedom. It turns out that this city is anything but free. Its people are ruled by a group of huge, spider-like robots, aptly named Overseers.
Harmony’s big plan is to get in there, rescue Walker and Journey and then steal one of the Overseers’ steam engines, to use in their big escape. The only thing going in her favor is a runaway from Freedom and two rusted-out, falling apart robots who have offered her their help. Now Harmony has put together her strategy, all they need do is sneak Walker and Journey out of their jail cell and then figure out how to run a steam engine. Easy, right? Throw into this crazy mixture a few Overseers determined not to let this crackpot group escape and a steam engine low on water and the adventure turns into a long flight to Forbidden, one that’s fraught with danger.
Clueless Gent’s Review
I purchased and read this story because I was enamored with its predecessor, I Will Breathe. I thought it was very interesting, and the first time I’ve actually seen this in a series, that the characters in this story are the next generation of descendants of the characters in the first story. How clever is that?
This tale reveals some not-so-friendly robots – called Overseers – who tend to think of humans as pets, so to speak. They all reside in a walled-off city ironically named Freedom.
Harmony, the protagonist, must rescue her brother and cousin, who have become captors in the city of Freedom. Of course, she’ll have the assistance of some robotic friends. You’ll have to read the book yourself to find out whether Harmony can successfully complete the rescue.
I love the characters in this series. They’re just so danged lovable! Even the robotic ones! (Maybe especially the robotic ones!)
The “ambiance” of Death at Thorburn Hall – if a story can have ambiance – is important, but hard to explain. So, I’ll give an example. Have you ever heard a song (think It’s a Small, Small World), and then could not get the song out of your head? What does it say about a book when a reader starts talking to family and friends using the same accent as the dialogue in the story? Well, it’s like that!
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