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In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but aIn the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but a chance capture, and an even more accidental rescue, embroils him in a plot to starve the Regime from power.When Hope is an enemy, Jacob finds it harder than he thought to remain indifferent. When the Resistance opts to field its experimental landship, the Hopebreaker, the world may find that one victory does not win a war....

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Hopebreaker Reviews

  • Aditi
    2018-11-17 11:34

    “Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it's the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. ...Science fiction is central to everything we've ever done, and people who make fun of science fiction writers don't know what they're talking about.”----Ray Bradbury, American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet Well I'm not a big fan of science-fiction books, but Bradbury's striking words are not only true but it's spectacular! Dean F. Wilson, an Irish author, is one hell of a gem in this vast ocean of science-fiction writers. His new steampunk book, Hopebreaker which happens to be the first book in the The Great Iron War series. The tale is about a different world in some other galaxy where human race has stopped reproducing and the demon has started to arise. But a war rises between two factions because of a drug, called Hopebreaker.Synopsis: In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but a chance capture, and an even more accidental rescue, embroils him in a plot to starve the Regime from power.When Hope is an enemy, Jacob finds it harder than he thought to remain indifferent. When the Resistance opts to field its experimental landship, the Hopebreaker, the world may find that one victory does not win a war. This is a story that takes us beyond all barriers of science and fantasy and lands us on a land where there is not only stuffs to explore and enlighten our minds but also there are tons of adventure, danger and too much Hope! Hope is a drug that keeps demons alive and human race has completely wiped out from that typical world. Caught in between two factions- Regime and Resistance, Jacob is a guy who just makes money by smuggling the drug. Eventually Jacob gets tangles in the war of two factions and there's huge decision he has to make to save the humanity of his world.The storyline is absolutely fantastic. Wilson not only has spun it brilliantly but has also weave it much love and compassion. Not only that he adds a sense of humor on his plot, so maybe the book deals with some deep and enigmatic topics, still there are lots of moments that make us feel lighthearted! The plot is one hell of a roller coaster rides of adrenaline rushing moments, thought-provoking ideas backed up by some strong scientific logic. I've always loved reading his books, though there were few shortcomings like Altadas's back story was not strong enough for us to fall for it's recent developments, Jacob's narration felt like very disoriented and scattered! That's what I felt, though I may be wrong. Otherwise, the character development is striking and strong and these characters had enough depth to pull us into their story. Anyways if you enjoy a good a dystopian story, then go for this book, and since the author left us with some pretty huge cliffhangers, I'll be looking out for his next book in this series. Verdict:Dean F. Wilson has done it again, after his The Children of Telm series. Hopebreaker series is engrossing and pretty thrilling! Science fiction fans don't miss this book at all! Courtesy:Thanks to the author, Dean F. Wilson, for providing me with a copy of his book, in return for an honest review.

  • haley
    2018-12-11 07:45

    Actual rating: 2.5 starsI received an ebook copy of this in exchange for an honest reviewHopebreaker had an interesting concept, but I don't think that it was as executed as well as it could have been. Firstly, I couldn't connect with any of the characters. Jacob, for instance, could have been a very complex character character, but instead he was bland and not very interesting. Taberah also had the potential to be a three-dimensional character, but instead was kind of boring. I also didn't like that one character suddenly became a villain in the middle of the story. It was abrupt and didn't make any sense. Don't even get me started on the very forced and unrealistic romance between Jacob and Taberah. They literally sleep with each other after knowing each other for a day. Gross. Insta-love at its finest.The ending was also very abrupt and totally a cliffhanger. I'm guessing there's probably a sequel. But unfortunately, I don't think I'll read it.I also noticed a few grammatical errors like using "who's fortune" (page 181) instead of "whose fortune". But whatever, grammar is a minor thing.The main issue I had with Hopebreaker was that I was so incredibly bored reading it.

  • Dianne
    2018-12-12 09:27

    Oh, Shiny! Another hidden gem to hoard! Set in an action-packed Steampunk world, Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson is a blend of science fiction, fantasy, adventure and just plain great reading!In a world fueled by metal, steam and the lives of mankind, one does what they must to survive. Jacob is a smuggler, dealing in, of all things, contraceptive amulets, a highly priced and hard to get commodity in a world where humans are not allowed to birth other humans, where the unborn are traded off for a demon to be born. The Regime has a chokehold on the world of Altadas, and their absolute power and control are the only thing that matters. Where there is an oppressive leadership, there will be rebels, fighting to free the masses. In Altadas, the Resistance is the underground faction that is attempting to bring down the demons by snuffing their lives at the very source of their sustenance. Ironically named Hope, it is the food that ensures the demons lives, and without it, they will crumble.The soldiers of the resistance have reluctantly saved Jacob from certain death. Is it his ability to blend into the shadows they need? His talent at smuggling? Whatever he has that they want, Jacob wants no part of, until one beautiful and fierce warrior opens his eyes to the reality of the world he lives in and shows him there is more to life than his simple pleasures.Heavy topics, heavy tensions, heavy action, all tempered by the creative talents of Dean F. Wilson. Mr. Wilson adds attitude, humor and fabulous banter and dialogue between his characters. I mean, seriously, should I be laughing while his world is being destroyed? Speaking of Mr. Wilson’s world, it feels stark, bleak and beaten down, but he leaves enough room for the light at the end of the tunnel as his heroes embark on a mission to save Altadas and the human race.I love characters with snark, they feel real to me, because what better way to deal with constant danger than humor? The action is rapid-fire, I felt I was in tunnels, rushing through blood-soaked halls, my heart raced at the fear of being discovered and, at one point, I swear I could smell one of the foul rooms. When Hopebreaker arrived? I could hear the music, feel the last ditch effort and hoped for the best! But is the war over?No matter what you normally read, Hopebreaker is going to suck you in like water through a straw and leave you ready to go to war against the demons, but next time, I want to drive Hopebreaker!I received this copy from Dean F. Wilson in exchange for my honest review.Series: The Great Iron War - Book 1Publication Date: December 15, 2014Publisher: Dioscuri PressGenre: Steampunk Fantasy/ScifiPrint Length: 191 pagesAvailable from: AmazonReviewed for: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  • Liz
    2018-12-06 11:40

    First of all I would like to mention that Hopebreaker is a steampunk novel. The only thing I “know” of steampunk is the fashion accessories which can be very popular among the gothic growd. Needless to say, I was very excited to approach Dean on Goodreads and offer to review his novel.Isn’t the cover already so fresh and unique? I love it!I started reading Hopebreaker and I realized why I love reading so much. In every book there exist sentences that stop me in my tracks and thrill me. Their simple yet genius meaning makes me so happy. Only a couple of pages into the novel I came across a sentence in Hopebreaker that did exactly that- “In prison, words could still fit through the bars” Dean F. WilsonThe dialogue is so very entertaining and flows very naturally.Before reading I was a bit worried whether I would be able to get into the whole theme, as .. you know… steampunk! Meaning gogs, and tech and turning iron wheels and robust machinery. In Estonia the old water towers are still present next to the railway stations where old trains running on steam would have got their water. Doesn’t sound super-sexy. But in a way it IS!!! So, yes, I stalled with picking up the book. On Sunday I thought- now or never, baby!I started and I couldn’t put the story down. I finished reading this book a few hours later and I was very satisfied in how great my choice of Sunday PM entertainment had turned out to be!Don’t be fooled- this is by no means “a boy’s book” only. This is totally and very much enjoyable by female audience as well. Don’t let the tank on the book cover scare you away!I also found it very agreeable as to how the book ended. I know there will be a second one (and hopefully a third one?) and I can’t wait to read more! Sometimes the first book ends and it just, you know, ends. You don’t really miss or yearn for more because .. you know… it’s finished/caput/done with the theme, the characters and the whole idea. But The Great Iron War will stick to my mind for some time yet!There wasn’t an overpowering amount of place descriptions (which some of us don’t like- yawn!) but there was exactly enough to feed my imagination’s greedy belly. I have those pictures in my head of the desert, of the characters. Of the cities and demons, the trains and landships. I do suggest you look up pictures from Google for steampunk. A feast for eyes and a guaranteed enhancement for your reading experience! Who knows, you might even get a pair of them goggles!

  • Koeur
    2018-12-04 09:25

    https://koeur.wordpress.com/2015/03/0...Publisher: DioscuriPublishing Date: December 2014ISBN: 9781909356092 Genre: FantasyRating: 4.6/5Publisher Description: In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.Review: Jason is a smuggler with a smartass bent, living by the skin of his teeth under the crushing Demon Regime. When he gets caught moving contraceptive jewels for the Order, events rapidly cascade into chaos. Some reviewers were confused about the story line progression, brevity and what one reviewer deemed as being “insta-love” between Jacob and Tabs. I didn’t read that at all. I thought it was well written, flowed wonderfully and the characters built and developed very well within the confines of a fast pace. In fact this was brilliantly executed. There was no insta-love or love at all. Tabs has her reasons for banging Jacob so soon. A little bit feral for sure but mostly calculated. She continually iterates that people have their uses when others within the Order would rather see them banished. She is trying to win a war and resources are scarce. Jacob is a conniving smuggler with a heart of gold. He is growing attached to Whistler and Tabs as the story evolves but is not smitten in any way. Connecting the dots is not too hard and gives the reader imaginative license. Take for instance the characters are never really physically described. Yeah she has long hair, or wears tight, distracting leather pants but you really have no idea what they look like. Everyone has their own ideas about what characters resemble, even when described. So why waste time on it? I pictured Teller as a fat, greasy dude with stringy hair and bad teeth. The actions of the characters render them physically. Really looking forward to this world in successive novels. Each, I am sure, will be its own great adventure and perhaps Tabs and Jacob will solidify in my mind as the novel is rendered more intricately. And how about that kickass cover!

  • Rob Slaven
    2018-11-12 08:33

    I received this book free for review from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review. Despite the coolness of receiving a free book, I’m absolutely candid about it below because I believe authors and readers will benefit most from honest reviews rather than vacuous 5-star reviews.The nutshell view on this one is... well, rather filled with definite articles and nouns. "The Regime" is at war with "The Order" and "The Resistance". The Regime makes the drug "Hope" that is required for their existence while the other two groups are working to destroy their production capacity.On the positive side, the book really gets down to business. It's not encumbered by much of anything in the way of nuance but the descriptions still manage to leave you feeling rather gritty as if YOU'VE been traipsing about in the desert for several days. The author has also, with great efficiency of words, managed to cobble together a fairly complex milieu of settings that made me feel as if I'd missed out on some previous book or five and needed to catch up.To the negative, all this brevity does have a price. During many of the action sequences I found myself flipping back and forth through pages trying to figure out what in the world had just happened. Plots and characters seem to change directions with little hope of the reader understanding why they do so and the reader is left to either accept that or just shrug in despair.In summary, this book is the literary equivalent of a Conan the Barbarian film. Things are going to happen. You're going to enjoy them. You're not going to understand why they happened. But you will enjoy them if you can get past the idea that they just don't make connected sense.PS: I hope my review was helpful. If it was not, then please let me know what I left out that you’d want to know. I always aim to improve.

  • Jonel Boyko
    2018-11-19 12:39

    The well-developed plot of this novel made it a joy to read. Wilson’s complex story was easy to get into, all aspects being presented in a progressive & full-fledged manner that allows you complete access to this world. At the same time, this story is fun and easy to read. Wilson has penned a tale that takes you far from the everyday, allowing you to escape reality for a while. Creativity, imagination, and captivating topics all combine to make this a fantastic novel.Wilson has filled this story with well-developed characters that you will form strong opinions about, be they for or against the individual. I really enjoyed not only getting to know the individuals that we meet throughout this tale, but also the hardships that they face. The different ways in which the characters deal with the same situation make them all the more real and believable.This novel was a fantastic starting point for Wilson’s new series. I finished this novel fully invested in the story and dying to know what happens next. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.

  • Andy Peloquin
    2018-11-25 10:28

    The moment I opened the book, I was hooked. The villain was set up immediately, with just enough of a hint to make you fear him without really telling you why. I love a good mystery like that, so it helped me to want to read more.My interest began to wane a bit in Chapter 2, and I was forcing myself to read by Chapter 3. The book was written well overall--very few typos, the occasional phrase I would never use, etc. There is a good amount of information given to keep you interested in wanting to know more, but without a huge info dump.My main issue with this book was with the lack of description. The author uses the word "war wagon", but without telling us what it looked like, how big it was, etc. The main character spends a lot of time in this "war wagon", but I have no idea what it was. I thought it was a tank at first, but the description makes it seem WAY too big. Basically, I could only picture the immediate surroundings of the character, which made it hard to put myself in his world.The writing was a bit erratic and jerky at time. The sentences were all TECHNICALLY correct, but the flow just wasn't there for me. The structure was very "UK-ish", which made it hard for me to read.It tends to move quickly--sometimes too quickly, in my opinion. You get a lot of story, but without really getting a feel for the characters. The main character--Jacob--started off good, but I liked him less and less as the story went on. He's too cool (unrealistically so), and never experiences a moment of fear. His only "weakness" is his love of money, and the author goes out of his way to emphasize that WAY too much. At the end of the book, I strongly disliked the main character, and not in a way that would make me want to keep reading.That being said, the diversity of the characters was pretty good. Some were a bit clichéd--the general with the walrus moustache, the predictable bad guy, etc.--but overall the characters were interesting. They could have used a bit more fleshing out, as it made me hard to care when they died or were in pain.I give it a four-star rating because it was pretty well written and the story was interesting, but had the characters been more relatable, it would have gotten a five-star review!

  • Pablo Padilla
    2018-12-06 12:30

    Ignorance was bliss until Jacob's eyes were flung open by a lovely warrior, who showed him the cruetly and sheer brutality of the world he inhabits. A talented thief and full of heroism, Jacob will struggle with the forces of rebellion to overthrow the Regime, a untempered shadow, that conquers the human world an inhibits them from being born.Hopebreaker is my first adventure in steampunk writing fiction. Before such adventure I had been introduced into Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle, and must say this epic fantasy dystopian sub-genre is delightful to read. Wilson's imagination is outstanding in how he intertwined reality and fantasy to deliver an adventure in an easy read, pounded with action, humor, and of course: hope.This books it the first of many that will take place in the world of Atladas. I can only foresee how candid this epic adventure will be in the months to come.

  • Katharine_Ann
    2018-12-07 06:26

    I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.I was very curious about this book because I didn’t know a lot about it when I started reading. The opening portion of the book seemed a little slow. The narrative focuses on Jacob, who is swept up into the struggle between the Regime and the Resistance. I just wasn’t sure where Jacob fell in to the story, because it kind of felt like he was following others around and observing while they were participating in the action, but Jacob himself did not actively participate. Luckily this changed about a third of the way into the book, when Jacob was asked to smuggle merchandise through a city, allowing his character to step into a more prominent role.I do wish there had been more world building in the book. I was very intrigued by the idea of “demons” born to human mothers, of a quiet infiltration that was slowly taking over the human realm, and yet I didn’t feel it was explained enough. While I had a vague idea of how this infiltration was happening, or even what people really meant by “demons,” or even what these “demons” were, I never really understood what was going on. It would have been really great to have some back story, maybe even a prologue to explain how the world had transformed into this different place.Hopebreaker is marketed as a steampunk novel, and I do agree with this category as there were a lot of different machines and ships present throughout the novel. While there were two or three really strong descriptions in the book, I unfortunately felt like most descriptions were fairly generic, and didn’t quite show how these machines/ships were steampunk. I am curious about steampunk technology, how it works and what it looks like. I think there were multiple opportunities missed to go into steampunk depictions, and often the technology could have been that of our own world, and not actually steampunk. I do have to say though, the few times Wilson did describe steampunk technology were very good, and really left me wanting so much more!Finally, it’s unfortunate when an author has a distinct style of writing that becomes distracting from the story. I was really interested in Wilson’s writing style, as he had a curious limited viewpoint for his narration. The narrator would follow Jacob in the story, and would then “guess” what the other characters were thinking or feeling: “It was clear that Taberah was debating with herself. Perhaps a part of her had pity” or “[…]Whistler said, and perhaps he was thankful.” (Kindle 1st edition, 2014). While I found this style very interesting, it became distracting very fast from the repetitive use of “perhaps.” I found this very unfortunate, because I initially liked the style, but I needed a little variety in its execution.This book is only 220 pages long and I think I would have been happy with at least twice that length. There could have been a lot more description about the world and the technology that would have really pushed it to the next level. I absolutely loved Wilson’s ideas, and I think he can be very creative with the worlds he imagines, I just wanted a larger depth to the book as a whole. I would recommend this novel for steampunk and science fiction readers, or anyone who loves a good Resistance.

  • AudioBookReviewer
    2018-12-02 13:32

    My original Hopebreaker audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson is the first in a series called The Great Iron Wars. It is a steampunk dystopian novel with a bit of science fiction mixed in. On the world of Altadas, a demon invasion led to a takeover of the human race. Instead of birthing normal human children now humans only have demon children. Jacob is a smuggler of amulets that can protect women from becoming pregnant. When Jacob is caught, he falls in with the resistance attempting to force these demons to leave Altadas. Jacob must prove his trustworthiness and help with an attempt to weaken the demons.I think this novel had a lot of potential. The plot for the most part is interesting with a lot of highs and lows as the story develops. There is a lot of action that moves the plot forward. I really enjoyed the beginning and the friendship between the smuggler, Jacob, and child prisoner, Whistler. There was definitely a steampunk blended into the details of the story, which was nice. Unfortunately, as the story developed, I found that the characters did not. They remained flat and became inconsistent. I formed an impression of the Jacob at the beginning of the novel and he seemed to contradict that time and time again with his actions. It also felt like the middle of the novel was a bit disconnected from the beginning and the end. The relationship between Jacob and Whistler loses importances for the majority of the novel. Unfortunately, there were also numerous ideas introduced without much follow through. There are hints about a big mystery at the beginning, which is completely ignored until the end of the novel. There is a second big mystery that was implied and never revisited. Perhaps this will reappear in a future novel, but there were no hints throughout to keep the mystery alive. Personally, I didn’t find the battle scenes to be engrossing, but that is probably because I didn’t connect with the characters, personally.The narration by T Anthony Quinn was good. He infused accents into the characters, which didn’t seem to have any basis in the story, but it was nice touch. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to someone looking for a steampunk novel about fighting against an unjust ruling party.Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

  • Seili
    2018-11-21 06:49

    First : I recived copy of the book by good fortune of Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for my honest review :) So I really thank You both: Author and good fortune :)About the book. I am not going to retell the story ´cause many have done it before enough. Just some thoughts I wanna share."Hopebreaker" has almost everything I seek in a good book : smooth language, funny dialogue, little romance, interesting characters and twists! :) And of course great story. This book is hard to put aside before finishing! :) Althrough there are some predictable things, there are some surprises as well :) And duering reading this book I realised : it is so much more than just a story - the story under, the subtext is important aswell. And it is kind of scary where the world has come... The Hope dust as drug, the Regime as dealer and Resistance as prevention of getting addicted... it is all here around us nowadays. At least these thoughts I got when I was reading the book. Maybe I am just imagining this, but maybe author thought some that way i saw it :)I liked the characters made me feel for them. In the beginning I thought it is another YA story but I was happy to discover it is not. Why 4 stars, not 5? Because it was not really explained WHY it came so far - to The Iron War, how it all beagan. But I am sure it will be explained in sequel(s) :) I will be waiting :) I really enjoyed this one :)

  • Midu Hadi
    2018-11-25 07:47

    I got this book for free, in exchange of an honest review, from Making Connections. Get your copy here. My Thoughts:Jacob wasn't very likeable and it becomes really hard to read about a MC, once you realize you don't care about them. He was middle-aged (if I'm not wrong), yet he behaved like a teenager which just felt weird. In the fourth chapter, he starts hitting on one of the freedom fighters, all of a sudden, which made no sense. Teller was one of the bad guys came off as no surprise.There are other inconsistencies, one of which I remember: in the fifth chapter, the story says that they'd be leaving Whistler behind but in the next scene, he's on the ship.The story needs to flow more smoothly than it does and most of the missions of the freedom fighters sounded unplanned and half-assed to me. If they are such a force to reckon with, then how come they go everywhere with such little planning?All that aside, I love the concept this book is based on!Also reviewed/liked at:Shelfari

  • Alisha Webster
    2018-11-25 05:30

    I am a fan of Steampunk books. When I was offered this book for review, I took it as soon as I could get it in. Hopebreaker is a fun read, It's a book I would appreciate after reading a serious novel. Jacob's sarcastic humor was very enjoyable. I felt Taberah and whistlers relationship could have been built up more, Though, I'm sure Dean Wilson will build it up in the second book. Hopebreaker was different than most of the steampunk books I have read. I've never read a steampunk from a male character's point of view, so I found the story a little fresher than a few of the fantasy books I've reviewed. They story came together well. As a woman, I consider the ending a bit of a cliff hanger. I cannot wait to find out what happens. I am absolutely looking forward to reading 'Lifemaker', which should be out this year. 4/5

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2018-11-18 11:42

    4.5/5.0Mr. Wilson has successfully merged two genres that will give readers of both dystopian and steampunk thrillers immense enjoyment.Read full review in the 2015 Holiday issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  • Larry Eissler
    2018-12-08 13:40

    Hopebreaker was published by author Dean F. Wilson in December of 2014 . Hopebreaker is a well written steampunk book that takes a dystopian feel and drags it straight to Hell and I love every minute of it. I'd like to thank Mr. Wilson for asking me to review his book and allowing me to post about it on my blog. Hopebreaker is Mr. Wilson's first publishing in "The Great Iron War" and I look forward to seeing the direction that he intends for his characters. When I said that Hopebreaker takes the dystopian feeling straight to hell, I literally meant it! The oppressive Regime, ruled by the Iron Emperor, has replaced the natural birth of humans with demons. How this is exactly done is never mentioned in the book, but that's one thing I like because it gives the reader the chance to imagine how they did it for themselves. Personally, and this could be the exact opposite of how Mr. Wilson planned it, as I was reading Hopebreaker I imagined that The Regime sent out a system of scouts to test the waters. When they realized that a controlled central government was the only thing required to dominate the populous, they devised the plan to one by one come up from Hell and take over. However, as Rome wasn't built in a day neither was the hellish landscape of Altadas. I imagined that they first ran for public office and took control of the government as a political power, much like Nazi Germany did so many years ago. Once in power, they were able to make all the necessary changes to finalize their takeover plans and rule Altadas with an "iron" fist. Now that's how I imagined it, but I'd love to see how other people did as well.The very first character you're introduced to is a middle aged man named Jacob, and he is VERY down on his luck. Jacob is a smuggler who was caught selling the one item that slows The Regime's conquest plans, amulets. These amulets, when worn by women, are Altadas' version of birth control as they prevent conception which always leads to a demon birth. The only thing that seems to put a wrench into The Regime's plans are these fabled Pure Ones who possess the ability to give birth to humans, even though the rest of the population is no longer able to. The reason I say fabled is because Jacob basically says so himself and doesn't even believe in their existence.Back to Jacob, being caught smuggling amulets into the city of Blackout is a serious crime to The Regime and it seems to lead to a medieval style prison sentence where we're introduced to our second character. In the shadowy corner of the small cell lies a boy named Whistler, though he does have a real name his identity is usually Whistler because that's his job in The Resistance. Whenever a "demon" tries to infiltrate the group, Whistler is supposed to be able to see them for what they are and alert the others. However, according to Whistler this skill doesn't always work or his kind nature (or big mouth) end up putting him into bad situations. Luckily for our protagonist and his whistling friend, their stay in the prison is short term because a woman named Taberah soon comes to break Whistler out. This next part is great because Mr. Wilson describes Jacob's escape as a dog being dragged through the prison. He goes on to have Taberah call Jacob a pet for Whistler (Brogan) and Jacob even thinks that it may have been better for him to "have stayed at the pound". Throughout the next couple chapters you really get an idea for both The Resistance and The Regime, the key players of both, and how Jacob seems to fit into this bizarre world. One thing that really surprised me is the characters detail given to both Jacob and Taberah, they're well thought out and I find them extremely likable. I only wish that the same level of detail also went into Whistler who really is the only reason Jacob became involved with this foxy redhead and her ragtag group. It almost seems like as soon as Jacob joins The Resistance, and therefore "The Order", he completely shifts his focus from Whistler to Taberah and his interaction with the boy becomes less and less. Understandably Jacob is 20 years older than Whistler, but I really hope that their relationship gets kicked up a notch in the next book of the series.As the book continues, the amount of action (in more ways that one, go Jacob!) steadily increases until the books finale which seems more a full scale war than a small skirmish. I liked that The Resistance was a very active and pro-active group that didn't sit around a while lot while trying to devise a way to rid their world of the evil Regime. Too many times you find that groups in books have large amounts of downtime that while contribute to character development, they don't offer very much to the story overall. Hopebreaker is a fast paced, action packed steampunk fiction novel and I couldn't see it working any other way. While I'd love to get into the content of the middle chapters, I'd hate to spoil the surprise for so many of Dean F. Wilson's readers. There are vast amounts of twists and turns that add so many layers to the story, that even mentioning one or two here would be wrong without mentioning them all. I will however say that don't get too attached to secondary characters because it seems Mr. Wilson isn't! It makes an easy comparison to say that members of The Resistance are like the "Red Shirts" from Star Trek, you may learn their names and get an idea of who they are... but at some point one of them is going to step into a spotlight and get torn to ribbons. As I've said before, a reviewer should never reveal too much of a story's plot to the point that people would rather read my review than buy the book. If at any point in this review you thought to yourself that this is the kind of story that you'd get into, I highly recommend that you pick this book up and watch out for the rest of the series. To Mr. Wilson, I loved your two main characters, Jacob and Taberah, and even loved the interaction between these characters and other characters of the book. Jacob is absolutely hilarious when he talks to people, or talks about them behind their backs, and Taberah is the character you'd always want to see in a resistance leader. As I stated above, the only thing that I really hope to see in your next book, besides everything I liked about this one, is a deeper relationship between Jacob and Whistler. Really I'd love to see ANY relationship of Whistler's get some love because even with Taberah it seems like there's more to them than meets the eye. I know that last statement was a little vague but I have no intentions of ruining the surprise for you readers and I think Mr. Wilson understands what I mean by what I said. I hope that when you release your second book in the series that you'll remember my name and ask me to review that one as well. After all, with the way you ended this book it makes it really hard not to root for The Order and I can't wait to hear about their newest toy (or toys?).http://www.authorlarryeissler.com/boo...

  • Carrie Slager
    2018-11-22 06:31

    [Full disclosure: I received a free ebook copy in conjunction with the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.]Two years ago I really couldn’t have told you what steampunk was but it’s really been growing on me, particularly of late. So when I had an opportunity to read Hopebreaker, I leaped at the chance. It sounded like some pretty good steampunk from the blurb and it turns out that I was not wrong in trusting the description.What is really striking about the world of Wilson’s The Great Iron War series is that it’s a mixture of fantasy and science to create a special blend of steampunk. On the fantasy end, we have demons controlling the human population by swapping out the souls of human fetuses with the souls of demons. Magical amulets are worn by rebellious pregnant women to prevent this from happening. On the science end, we have things like the Hopebreaker and the other machines used by the Resistance and the Regime. They’re classic steampunk complete with steam-powered engines and a mixture of cold machinery and elegance. And the world-building itself was quite good because Wilson’s grasp of politics is also good. Not everything is so black and white in his world and oftentimes there are people caught in the middle of the faction fighting that just really want to live their lives in peace, thank you very much. There are traitors on both sides of the line and nothing is as it seems.The main character Jacob was both excellent and hard to relate to. On the surface he is an excellent character: he’s a thirty year old man who has been smuggling as a way of staying alive and rebelling against the Regime. In theory he supports the Resistance by getting the demon-preventing amulets into the hands of women throughout the city but he really just wants to survive. He doesn’t support the Regime because of the whole demon thing but he doesn’t actively support the Resistance because sometimes they can be just as bad as the ‘bad guys’. But when he’s captured by the Regime and saved by the Resistance in a raid he really has no choice but to fight with them, particularly as he wants to stay alive. Then he finds out that maybe he’s not as neutral and uncaring as he would have liked, particularly around the smart, brave and morally ambiguous Resistance leader Taberah (she’s not the supreme leader but she does command a fair number of men). But once he meets Taberah that sort of gets to the crux of my problem with him as a character: I can’t connect with him on an emotional level. Sure, he displays emotions in theory but I really wasn’t feeling them from him. Maybe it’s just me but it was sort of disappointing that he seems to go through the novel with minimal emotional reactions to the crazy events unfolding all around him.Despite my little quibble with Jacob, I did otherwise enjoy the novel because the plot was well paced and although it was sometimes predictable there were enough twists thrown in to keep things interesting. You can probably guess the end of the novel by about a third of the way through but it’s well written so it’s actually quite an enjoyable journey that will have you eagerly turning the pages to find out what happens next. Dean F. Wilson is excellent at writing suspense even when the outcome isn’t really in doubt and he sort of keeps a line of tension running through the novel that slowly ratchets up until things seem ready to explode. So like I said, you’ll probably be able to predict the ending but you’ll enjoy the plot and want to know what happens next all the same.If you’re looking for a little steampunk in your life or just a great suspenseful novel with generally good characters, Hopebreaker is for you. It’s a great introduction to a steampunk world that I’m really looking forward to learning more about.I give this book 4/5 stars.

  • Tea
    2018-11-20 07:36

    *Disclaimer: I received this book complimentary in exchange for an honest review.*First I would like to say thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book. Now as for the book, I was really interested to see what this genre was about. I had never heard of the steampunk as a book category before. I have heard of the steampunk fashion, but not anything to do with reading. Or maybe I had and overlooked it, but as far as I can recall this was my first steampunk book. So this is my review from the standpoint of a newbie.I really liked how the author immediately jumped into the story, however, I always felt like something was missing in the beginning. Maybe a prologue or prequel. Something that would be helpful just so I could understand what was going on for the first chapter or so. Especially since this was book 1. For a good portion of the story I felt like I was reading based on a chapter missing from the beginning and it left me feeling lost at times. I finally understood what my friend meant when she says I get excited sometimes and start in the middle of stories I am trying to relate to her. It makes it hard to get the whole picture or you feel like you are straggling behind and left out of this huge secret others are supposed to know. Because of that it took me awhile to get through the beginning of the story at certain parts because I felt left out in some way.Jacob the Smuggler and his defiantly witty tongue proved to be just enough sarcasm and defiance where you began to expect him to say something snarky but not where it was overdone. It wasn't a scenario where you just got irritated at Jacob to the point where you just hurl the book across the room. Some of the mentions of coils cogs and togs (were togs in there? Did i just make that up?) again left me feeling lost and confused where I kind of got restless at points and needed to give my brain a break because the initial mention of them left me feeling lost. I couldn't help thinking that a brief glossary would have been helpful at times. If only because I'm guessing that other steampunk writers probably have different meanings for similar terms.On the other hand the developing friendship between Whistler and Jacob, the connection between Taberah and Jacob and the betrayal by one of those within the Order's camp was a really interesting storyline. I know this is the first book in the series but the mention of Taberah's amulet condition made me wonder what exactly the amulets purpose was for. I was able to guesstimate it, but that came very far along in the story. Her ending outcome was a good way to draw interest to reading the second book though. Other things that were mentioned kind of led me back to the lost realm again, like the mention of Rommond and his connection with Brooklyn, or Domas and Cara and how they seemed to have known Jacob and Taberah. Finally, why was Brogan's job still the same if he kept falling short of the job? I realize he had a connection to Taberah but maybe he would have been more useful in another position since he seemed to have a shortcoming of the need to gab. I'm also not a fan of anything to do with demons but that's a personal preference and I had no way or knowing that there were any in this story. However it was a mention here or there. Nothing too overwhelming or enough to make me quit reading midway through though. In conclusion, I look forward to reading more pieces from Dean F. Wilson in the future.

  • Michelle Woods
    2018-11-28 09:35

    Spoilers...Hummm...on the fence about this one. One thing I can say for Wilson's Hopebreaker is that despite this not being a book type I normally read it held my attention. Which any reader knows is difficult for a writer to accomplish. Having said this I do believe that a few more responses to situations of the emotional variety would have made this book much better. I would say too that Jacob (Our Hero) being a 35year old was surprising as I felt the voice was much younger and it surprised me to discover that he was this age. His thoughts led me to believe that it was a much younger man. Like 19-25 rather than 35.On to the story, we start with out hero somehow getting caught by the Regime selling amulets to prevent demon pregnancy's. The demons in the Regime don't like this because that's what they are trying to do is get human/demon babies. So they snatch him and throw him into jail. There he finds a boy named Whistler who kinda adopts him, and when there is a rescue afoot for the young teen he takes Jacob with him. After they got out of the jail was when the story lost a bit I think. The descriptions were awesome and painted a picture, but there wasn't much emotion behind it. Taberah and Jacob are apparently in an odd relationship that seems to be completely emotionless. Neither character has any reaction to the connection they create, which was a bit odd. (now normally this is where I would put down the book, but for some reason this one still intrigued me. Somehow. The world was interesting and I wanted to know more...) So onwards I ventured to discover that women who aren't "pure" (Women who can create normal babies and everyone thinks are a myth) can't get preggers, but they can have lovely demon babies...strangeAfter this things get interesting again with escapes of a daring nature and Lots of action, peppered with scenes between Whistler and Jacob, and a few interesting things that I won't tell you about because hello...why would you read the book then.Oh yay and somehow Taberah is pregnant with his baby cause she's a pure and her amulet didn't work...(I also saw that one coming so this book may have been a bit predictable.)Finally I got to the ending were they took down a hope factory (this is a drug/substance that keeps the half demons alive) and discover that Teller is a Gasp (nope saw that one coming by his description of the guy) Spy. On to what I felt was a slightly abrupt ending which leads into the next book... so the verdict is strangely a little muddy for me. Liked it and didn't might read the next one to see what happens...

  • Ash Rowe
    2018-12-10 10:32

    I received the ebook for my honest reviewFor me this is one of those books that I looked at the cover and decided I have to read this. I mean look at the cover! Its simple and has a cool tank like vehicle for me it was an attention grabber. Then I read the synopsis, a book about a world were there are no more human births and unborn are being replaced by Demons, unless you get an amulet that has to be smuggled in. Also these Demons survive on a drug called Hope. Yup, you got me. I have to read it. Main character is a charismatic sarcastic and rather anti hero-ish amulet contraceptive smuggler with a coil ( money) addiction. The action starts up from the beginning where the main character Jacob end up in the same place as The Whistler. From there he meets other characters and to only feed his greed ( supposedly) and the mutual hate he has for the Regime he becomes a fighter in the Resistance. I liked how the action started right from the beginning and continued through the story, so there wasn’t a point I felt the need or the want to set the book down. But, I felt like I was missing something. I think what I needed was more of a beginning I enjoyed the characters they were interesting and have their own type of mystery about them. But, I could have used a little bit more to make them relatable I suppose. I’m not sure how to put this. They were well written but I felt like something was just left out or that maybe the story with all the action was going too fast that I couldn’t get a grasp on the characters ( This probably makes no sense to anyone). I enjoyed them but they left me with a so what feeling at points. Maybe its all the mystery behind the whole WHY are they in the Resistance besides the obvious going against the drug pushing unborn human swapping Demons. All in All an intriguing story with some interesting characters. It has your steampunk, dystopian , war , with humor and slight romance. It was a book that I read from 9pm until I finished it around 4am the next day. Action, adventure and the need to know what is going to happen next kept me from putting it down. I look forward to the continuation of the story and I liked it so much I am putting the other series this author has written in my "to be read" list. If you like a light steampunk, action adventure with a world being taken over by Demons using Hope as a drug/ weapon and intriguing characters fighting this war against them this book will not disappoint.

  • Martin Allen
    2018-12-11 12:32

    I was given a free copy of this book so that I could give an honest review.I'll start with the negative, as I have to start somewhere and as there was only three things I noticed here I thought I'd better get them down before I forgot them (obviously the author when reading that will wish I left them to last). I found the description of various scenes to be somewhat lacking, I didn't really get a good vision of the places described. That being said, it did fit with the overall bleakness of this dystopian world and have helped the story move forward at a brisk pace, so how much of a negative this is remains to be seen (this is the first in a series if books). I also found it to be rather short, again some qualification - I like really long books, it's 227 pages long so make of that as you will. Finally for this section something I shall word carefully as it would be a spoiler if said outright. There seems to be a lack of emotional reaction from the main protagonist at the news of the personal development plot twist at the end (I'm calling it a plot twist despite heavy hints being dropped in the first third or so of the book) it seems to me the would be more of an outburst, but perhaps this will happen in "Lifemaker" the next book.On to positives, nicely paced, well imagined with a back story that stands to be explored in future volumes. I am interested to know how the Lifemaker will actually work seeing its function and that everything is steam powered. Oh, the book is Steampunk by the way. Think Wild West meets Dystopia meets SciFi meets Fantasy minus the internal combustion engine and lasers. I haven't read much Steampunk but if this is indicative then the genre has a definite quirky charm.Plot: Essentially Demons have taken over and run the world into the ground. They maintain control by use if a drug named hope. They are also in control of reproduction, their get is produced but pure humans are generally not. Demon offspring are indistinguishable from humans, for the most part.Throw in a smuggler caught up in a rebellion, yes I got a Han Solo vibe as well, and a young innocent pursued by the Regime and a beautiful rebel leader. OK the similarities to Star Wars end there. The story is a basic smallish quest to introduce the world and characters, it will lead to something much bigger I feel

  • Carla D.
    2018-11-29 08:31

    Opinião em Português no blog Pepita Mágica: https://goo.gl/kVfFl7actual rating: 2.5 starsI received a digital arc directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.I started reading Hopebreaker without knowing a thing about its plot. Dean F. Wilson contacted us through our email (which is available to anyone who wants to contact us, whatever the subject), offering his book in exchange for an honest review. I accepted and went to the unknown. I’m going through a complicated phase in my life, and that has been influence any aspect in my life – even how much time I take to finish a book (it doesn’t matter if I’m enjoying it or not), and also my “openness” to them; some suffer from it, other not a all. I think Hopebreaker is in the secont category, even though I took almost a month to finish it. I can, nevertheless, say that I enjoyed the book. I liked it, but I couldn’t feel any conection to this book. The plot has some interesting nuances, and in general it’s applealing, but it didn’t work for me. I read it until the end, because, first, I don’t like to leave book unfinished (even though I have that right as a reader). And, secondly, since the author sent us the book in exchange for an honest review I like to give it a chance until the end. I finished the book without creating any kind of conection to any of the characters; they were not able to instigate my interest or empathy. Although I felt a bit curious about the plot. Who are these demons? How they arrive to the Earth? What they want? I have so many questions, but to be honest I don’t know how much my curiosity will be the reason I’ll keep reading this saga. It may seem that I didn’t like the book at all, which is not true. It’s well written, and, in some points, I was really entangled to the story, but it was not a feeling that keep me through the book; and those moments were rare. It’s a shame I didn’t like this book as I expected, because I thought it had potentioal. This was my first steampunk book. It’s a saga that I’ll keep on hold for a while, and maybe I’ll give it another chance in the future. But not now.

  • Biswanath Banerjee
    2018-11-22 12:48

    It is the strange world of Altadas-where the rule of human has been replaced by the rule of demon fifteen years ago. A cruel brutal regime which came into power controlled the birth of human. Now very few have been left who were born during the iron regime. itIn this world of darkness the thing that in great demand are no, not gold and jewelry-but contraceptive amulets. Women are mad to buy these at any amount of iron coils-a currency of the iron emperor. But all has not been lost for the human-still order is fighting a bloody battle against the regime.Jacob-a man who smuggles amulets into the city of Blackout is within such a bloody battle. Destiny took him to get close to Taberah-the beautiful lady leader of the order.The cruel regime snatched away the land and the sky from the human and established drug factories in the cities. It is the drug on which demons survive and are called hope. Here human is the production machine-in a worse state than a beast. Destiny also made Jacob a part of the scouting mission to the hope factory at the city of Blackout-derived its name thanks to the smoggy atmosphere and eternal darkness there. The cruel regime had reversed the meaning of hope and light together to the human.Can Jacob be indifferent in this struggle for existence? Can he remain neutral?The resistance leader is in a ploy to deploy its experimental land ship-the Hopebreaker against the demons. Jacob played his part in the mission as well.Can Hopebreaker be proved itself worthy of its name in its first mission of destroying the Hope factory?And what fate awaits Jacob and Taberah,the Resistance and the Order?Will they be successful in their mission-wiping out the regime?What happens when human emotions been replaced by iron?This is an absorbing tale mixed with fantasy and science fiction elements. It is a sequel and one thing I can assure you, after finishing you are sure to spend some sleepless night in anxiety before you do have the book two in your hand!

  • Reader's Hollow
    2018-11-15 11:38

    **We received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through Red Moon Book Tours**It begins with an interesting twist. Two people meeting in a jail cell. Jacob is a smuggler, and maybe a bit of a mercenary when the opportunity suits him. He's a very Hans Solo type, with the quick wit and devilish smiles. He also has a conscience and I think that Whistler, Jacob's teenage cellmate saw that right away. With the help of Whistler's companions (members of a resistance), Jacob is pulled into the ranks and reluctantly joins a fight he always wanted to stay neutral to.The cool part was that demons are taking over the world one birth at a time. Humans haven't been born for almost fifteen years, instead, each conception leads to the birth of a new warrior of the demonic regime. I thought this was a really unique idea and felt drawn to how the human race would survive. The author then wove a pattern, which was laid out for the reader early on. It was just watching it unfold for the characters at that point.There's plenty of classic one-liners, cool twists and military tactics that could keep any action/adventure fan at the edge of their seat. It's also a really quick read. I easily devoured this in half a day. The pacing was well done and didn't stop for an instant.CONCLUSIONI almost wish it were longer! There's a strong female leader, a flawed teenager, a quick-on-his-feet rogue and a war that rages in the background. But, in all the rush it wasn't very unpredictable. Each move was planned just how I'd expected. I liked the story, don't get me wrong! The pacing was great, the outline was smooth and the writing was snappy. I think the overall story fell a little short, but I honestly believe sci-fi/dystopia/action fans will really like the new twist to the genre.

  • books are love
    2018-12-01 11:27

    This is a good beginning to the series. IT was fast paced and full of adventure and danger. You will understand the view of Jacob and as his thoughts and ideals change so will yours.Dean Wilson does a great job in persuading you as his characters view changes to have yours change with his.Jacob and Whistler are my favourite characters. Whistler because he is so innocent and sweet. He sees the good in all. Gives everyone a chance. Jacob because he starts out as looking out only for himself. As the book progresses his views and conscience changes. He begins to see things in different colours. He sees what the Regime does to slaves and sees what Hope really does. He goes from only wanting coin to wanting to change his surroundings because the Regime is really hurting it. They are taking away free will and creating people that are just husks of themselves. He begins to fall in love to I believe. Fall in love with Whistler’s mom. The feisty strong willed Pure that runs a army of the resistance. I didn’t like what she did at the beginning with Jacob. That was underhanded but at the end you wonder if there is a reason for it.This is a adventurous story that tells the tale in Jacob’s eyes. How he sees things at first where coin is all that matters to him fighting for the resistance and beginning to see the true evil of the Regime and why change is needed. We see him be heroic and show that he does care about others and how much he feels. We slowly see him change from a selfish man to one with a conscience. The story will keep you engrossed to the end and you will wonder what is next and why the next piece of machinery is called lifemaker.

  • Sam - Spines in a Line
    2018-12-02 12:19

    I received a copy of this through a Library Thing giveaway. I don't normally read dystopian/apocalyptic novels, though I know that's the hype now with the Hunger Games, but I really enjoyed this novel. I found it was a unique take on this genre and the use of Hope as the villains' weapon was an ironic but interesting change. The characters were all well-written engaging, and as another reviewer here put it the dialogue followed a natural flow. Though the story mostly takes a 3rd-person account from Jacob's point of view, there were times the reader was able to get another side of the story, gaining us more insight than Jacob. Though it was an unexpected change of perspective, I appreciated these moments because these events were important to the story. In terms of faults, I had a hard time picturing Jacob as the 35-year-old he is. A lot of his snark and stubbornness reminded me more of a teenager normally written in this role of an outcast, so I didn't realize his true age until it was stated. Even afterwards I kept thinking of him as in his twenties rather than a full-grown man, though this may have been the author's purpose of making him seem immature.This book was a great read, keeping me hooked from the first page, and I can't wait for the next in the series!(view spoiler)[I was left a little confused after Jacob got out of the factory. How did Taberah and the others get out and did they find Domas? Taberah appeared out of nowhere to comfort Rommond but there hadn't been anything before that to suggest that she had already been picked up. I was expecting Jacob to tell them to rescue her and the others. (hide spoiler)]

  • Gayathri Jayakumar
    2018-12-12 09:19

    “What kind of world is this, Jacob thought, where light is dangerous and Hope is an enemy?”For mankind, since time immemorial, light has been a relief, a safer place and hope a word powerful to instill life and desire for survival. “Hopebreaker”, Dean F Wilson’s new work of fiction opens to us an alien world where everything we held dear to us as a symbol of joy or safety mutates itself into the very emissaries of evil. Darkness is the new safety for humans and destroying Hope, the new method to survival. Somehow the novel superimposes the astral plane to the real world speaking of demon infiltrators who slither into the human world and running a regime. The entire world is under the conquest of these superhuman demons and the demons have found a way to control the birth channels thereby directing demon souls into the wombs of women. Women give birth to hungry demon spirits and one of the last human children, Whistler has joined the Order to fight against these demons.There is an entire subversion of myths and concepts and the criterion of the dystopian society is achieved through this. Wilson’s language, beautiful and grand is well enough to convey the new idea, powerful in style and strong in concept. The dystopian world he offers the reader is a “trick or a treat” world where everything is unexpected and every corner you turn is a myth-breaker. “Hopebreaker” is a fiction I would definitely like to give a rating of four and half in five keeping well in mind the superior language quality and the amazing narrative style all coupled with the creative expertise he shows.

  • Tina
    2018-11-28 09:49

    Hopebreaker is a showpiece of steampunk fiction writing that drew me in from the first words. The grim world of Altadas is portrayed by the author in a blend of myth, reverie, excitement, and mystery; a blend that, alongside the title and the cover, creates a wonderful reading experience for all book lovers, dystopian fans or not. Dean F. Wilson created a mesmerizing world in Hopebreaker, a world nothing like others we encountered in similar books or movies. Both mysterious and revealing, the storyline is constructed in a manner that leaves the readers no option other than to be hooked by the development of events, and the vividness of Hope and the war between the two factions. With twists and turns along the way, and with a beautiful development of the characters, especially Jacob’s, the novel rapidly turns into a remarkable steampunk examination of a world covered in darkness, but fighting for the light. Hopebreaker was the first Dean F. Wilson book I read, but it will certainly not be the last, especially since this is only the first book with its action set in the world of Altadas. And what a great first book it was! If you are looking for a reading experience brimmed with excitement, adventure, dark emotions, unique technologies, fantasy and science fiction, which also has the charisma and magnetism of the steampunk genre, Hopebreaker is definitely the book for you.

  • Marigold Dicer
    2018-12-03 06:36

    Steampunk! I don’t read it nearly as often as I should, mostly because I found a couple of pretentious books that tainted my view of the genre. Not this one! Hopebreaker made me think of a ‘western-style’ steampunk (I think it’s the deserts), but it’s so much more than that – a great blend of otherworldly fantasy comes into this tale that I think will appeal to lovers of demons and more urban-fantasy types. This could be a great book to introduce the steampunk genre to my friends. Our main character is a smuggler with a reluctant conscious, who gets thrown in gaol with the golden-boy of the resistance. The world-building is done very well, explained in drips and drabs to provide enough context for the current situation without getting bogged down. I didn’t quite get the relationship between Jacob and Tabera, but that’s okay because neither did Jacob. Maybe there could’ve been more development of the secondary characters, but I see this first book as ‘setting it up’ while telling a ripping good yarn. In essence, Hopebreaker is fun. I really enjoyed the overarching plot of the resistance and the tank-fighting scenes. The action and chase scenes were well paced within the story and the pseudo-engineering made it that much more enjoyable. The world of Altadas fascinated me and I’m looking forward to finding out more about it.

  • Sky
    2018-11-25 12:27

    I was ecstatic when I learned Wilson had a new series out--a steampunk adventure, at that, and upon finishing the book without being able to put the book down, my excitement was certainly not let down! From the lively cast of characters---who warmly invite the reader into their adventures as if we were walking and hiding right beside them with every battle and mission---to the beautiful imagery and world building, you’ll be waiting, not so patiently perhaps, for the next installment to this story! Right away, we are introduced to a daring amulet smuggler, Jacob. He is caught and the suspense is instant. These amulets aren’t just any pretty, regular pieces of jewelry, they hold a magic that is highly banned in the world as it is in that day. By a trick of fate, he is thrown in a cell with a young boy who will save him in many more ways than one. When the young boys crew comes to break him out of the jail cell, they reluctantly bring Jacob along and things just get so much better, so much scarier, and extremely adventurous--and maybe a even a little romantic. ;) All in all, a fabulous start to a new series that I cannot wait to gear up and tag-along in!