Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Brass Queen” by Elizabeth Chatsworth, CamCat Books, January 2021 On Tour With Suzy Approved Book Tours
WOW! Elizabeth Chatsworth, the author of ‘The Brass Queen” has written a unique, witty, intriguing, captivating novel full of adventure. The author mentions “Speculative Fiction”, and that best describes what this book is about. According to Wikipedia, “Speculative Fiction” is a broad category of fiction encompassing genres with certain elements that are nonexistent in terms of reality, recorded history, or nature, and the present universe, covering various themes in the context of the supernatural, futuristic, and many other imaginative topics.” The timeline for this novel is set in 1897, yet could be any futuristic year. The author describes her dramatic and colorful cast of characters as flawed, quirky, complex and complicated.This also can be considered a satire.
Young Miss Constantine Haltwhistle has spent a fortune for her coming our party so that she can select a husband by the end of the week, so she doesn’t lose her land or kingdom, which is stipulated in a will.It doesn’t help that during the festivities, Constance has no one that signed her dance card, some scientists get kidnapped, and Charlotte almost gets killed. There seems to be “invisible” people responsible.There also is an American spy present pretending to be his deceased brother who was a scientist. Of course, the red-headed Constance, also is known as “The Brass Queen”, and her hobby or job is to sell unusual firearms. I love the way Elizabeth Chatsworth visually describes the characters, plot, and events. I also appreciate that the author discusses that women should be able to be fairly treated.
This story reminds me of “The PaperBag Princess” by Robert Munsch. Constance has difficult following the roles expected of a lady. She tries to go by the book of etiquette rules. The American spy and Constance’s servants seem to deal with one adventure or another. There is danger, betrayals, lies and so much more. I would highly recommend this entertaining book. I look forward to reading the next book of these characters when it comes out.