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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Second look Book Review: A Feast of Phantoms (Lingua Magika, #1) by Kat Ross

A Feast of Phantoms (Lingua Magika, #1)
by Kat Ross
February 18th 2020
272 pages

Published by: Acorn Publishing
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk, gaslamp,
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 paranormal wild west meets steampunk aesthetic in A Feast of Phantoms the first stellar installment in Kat Ross’ new trilogy. In the Lingua Magika world, phantoms are a potential plague on humankind, and savants – those who can control phantoms with language – are boss. The series opener follows Ruth Cortez, a small-time deputy with a huge sense of righteous justice and bravery to match. Ruth is absconded from her town, Lucky Boy, to assist the highly reputable chief of special services, Sebastian Hardin, as he transports a dangerous fugitive by rail to the big city to face justice. When Hardin’s operation is literally derailed, Ruth independently forges on with an unparalleled determination to seek justice. 

Ross has easily become my new favourite author. I fell in love with her work while reading her Gaslamp Gothic series. A Feast of Phantoms is a wildly imaginative fresh perspective on a classic trope. The creativity within is top-notch. I enjoyed every second of this read and the new, wild world brought forth. Ruth is a stellar character with loads of potential. I cannot wait to see her character bend to the complexity of the world that’s not so black and white. Sebastian Hardin is written with a barely contained sex appeal waiting to explode. I eagerly anticipate book two. 

At the end of the book, readers are teased with book two of the planned Lingua Magika trilogy, All Down But Nine, set for a late December 2020 release. Readers anxious for more Kat Ross will not have to wait quite that long. The author assures me Balthazar’s Bane, book six in the Gaslamp Gothic series, is nearly complete. 

Five Sheep

Bianca Greenwood

About the Author:
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.

1 comment:

  1. I am definitely with you on this one! Anxiously waiting to see more of this story!