This is perhaps my first steampunk novel, so it was novel to me. I loved it. I suspect my admiration goes more towards the author than the genre. The writing was top notch, as were the characters and the plot. My only criticism was the end fight scene, but then fight scenes aren't my favorite reads. The conclusion of the novel itself was spot-on. Immensely enjoyable. I don't hand out 5 stars easily, but I enjoyed the read so much, I felt compelled to rate it highly.