Lingua Magika is Kat’s latest series, a fast-paced Western steampunk fantasy with a dash of romance and adventure! A Feast of Phantoms is Book #1, with at least two more to follow.
It was supposed to be simple.
Help Marshal Sebastian Hardin escort his prisoner one stop on the railway to Charter Oak.
Just one stop.
But when that prisoner is a savant who talks to ghosts, even the simplest plans have a way of falling apart.
Sheriff’s Deputy Ruth Cortez always does the right thing. Lucky Boy is a company town, dependent on the rich and powerful Carnarvon family. Besides which, the charismatic Sebastian Hardin isn’t an easy man to say no to. When his transport derails in the middle of the prairie, Ruth begins a relentless manhunt that leads straight into the dark heart of the Carnarvon empire.
Lee Merriweather favors sharp suits and fast trains – especially when he’s stealing them. At the ripe old age of 18, he’s managed to become the most wanted criminal in three territories. Lee can’t resist playing cat and mouse with a small-town deputy, but what starts as a game becomes deadly serious.
Sebastian Hardin is the Carnarvons’ right hand, loyal to the death and willing to keep any secret to protect the family. They want Lee alive, but with the young savant’s disturbing abilities it won’t be an easy proposition. Whoever catches Lee gets the keys to the kingdom and the Carnarvons aren’t the only ones hunting him down. Sebastian has enough problems without falling for Deputy Cortez – but you can’t always choose who you love.
They terrorized the settlers until Calindra Carnarvon learned to speak their language. Her empire relies on controlling their telekinetic powers, but Lee Merriweather could destroy it all. And not even Lee suspects the shocking truth of the phantoms’ real nature.
A Feast of Phantoms is a fast-paced, engaging, and immersive read with a lot of actions.
This is not the first time for me to read a book written by Kat Ross. I’ve been her fan since I’ve read her other books which I loved like The Daemoniac. Her writing style is great, and I always find myself getting lost in the story once I start reading her works. In this new series, I am once again pulled right in the story and had the chance to experience a new story where many scenes and characters stirred my emotions.
Based on my experience from reading her other works, A Feast of Phantoms will also try to confuse you with its plot, but the more you dive deeper in the story, the more each scene, each decision, and each character that you encounter, the plot will then finally make sense. But, knowing Kat Ross, there are a lot of surprises hidden everywhere, so read attentively on the details that you’ll find.
We have diverse characters that you will love and hate. Of all the characters, Ruth is my favorite because I can find myself in her. The way she acts and decides somehow resembles me, and it’s fun to read a story where the character looks like you, right? Anyway, as I’m saying, the characters in this story are well-defined and I’m looking forward to seeing if there will be either small or big development in each character in the next installment in this series.
Overall, Kat Ross will never fail at surprising you in her works. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the second book as I’m craving for more journey in this story. I’m recommending this book to everyone looking for a fantastic story set in the Old West combined with magic, phantoms, and steampunk.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy via Xpressor Book Tours.
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication Date: February 18, 2020
Series: Lingua Magika, #1
Genre(s): Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.
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