Now that Molly Stout and family have discovered the truth that spirits are enslaved by Haviland Industries to run the machinery of Terra Nova’s industrial district (Dominion, 2017), they have set off on a quest to free as many spirits as they can.
There is an underground rebellion brewing against Haviland, with many dissenters counting on the white teen, especially after the Stouts’ historic takedown of the airship Gloria Mundi. This has “spirit-touched” Molly feeling the pressure of high expectations, even if it means putting the lives of her family and closest comrades at risk—which she does once again, to save an old spirit-friend. Her insistence on saving her friend leads to her capture and confinement in Twillingate Sanatorium. There she meets Theresa, a dark-skinned elder and former Haviland employee, who helps Molly through some tough soul-searching. A mysterious prisoner, also spirit-touched, reveals himself to be the ally Molly needs in liberating the spirits, if this is what her purpose is to be. In this sequel, Arbuthnott elevates his story by introducing engaging new characters that provide depth to the back story of the British colony of Dominion. Old enemies and lost friends appear as Arbuthnott avoids clichés and plot tricks, allowing this imaginative steampunk fantasy to slowly build as he introduces Molly to the wonders of a spectacular spirit world.
This spectacular sequel takes steampunk into new territory. (Steampunk. 10-14)