Steampunk fantasy: Tainted by Morgan L. Busse
No, despite being from Enclave, it’s not Christian. It’s not even clean, with violence, ugliness, accoutrements de horror, blood, torture, and the sexual titillation of illicit lust.
I guess you figure I didn’t like it. You get the Kewpie doll. The girl is pretty, vulnerable, and in real trouble. The guy is tough, hurt, acting out badly. The father is an unreal evil scientist, experimenting on humans. The mother figure is killed by birthing the “monster” heroine. It just goes on and on.
The story is barely believable, though it’s technically well-written. The technology is not explained or it’s simply implausible/impossible. It’s a fun, worldly bit of entertainment. It’ll probably be popular.
Spiritually, it’s barely two-star
It’s not really even that. Old Testament level would be a step up. God’s a desperation move looking for magic or wizardly help. He plays no real part in the tale.
When the story just stops in the middle, God is the only, but barely viable, hope. There is no ending. It just stops with nothing resolved.
Enclave gave me a review copy wIth no strings. I’m thankful for the opportunity. But, this one is a mess.