Friday, August 16, 2013

A Review of THE WIZARD OF OZ: A Steampunk Adventure

The Wizard of Oz: A Steampunk Adventure, by S. D. Stuart and Steve DeWinter, is a wonderful interpretation of the classic story. As Dorothy traveled, I kept waiting for the next classic reference. Scarecrow and Woodsman, the “cowardly” lion and other forbidden or outlawed characters living in the Outcast Zone, aka OZ, don’t seem to care that it is supposed to be a penal colony. So many steampunk stories get caught up in the machines at the expense of characters and plot. I did not find this at all with this book. It was very well written, with the loveable characters leading a tale that is full of the twists and turns of a great adventure story.
I think anyone who is a fan of The Wizard of Oz will like the twist in this book as long as they realize it is not a retelling, it is a whole new story. Steampunk fans will love this. And if you don’t know what steampunk is, this is the best example I have ever read.
I rate this book 5 stars *****
This review is by Kelly and is not necessarily the opinion of Ravenz Reviews. I received a copy in the hope that I would write a review and this in no way affected my rating.

Book Description
Publication Date: January 5, 2013
There is no yellow brick road here. No emerald city. No lollipop guild. This is the Australis Penal Colony, a continent sized prison referred to the world over as the Outcast Zone. Built to contain the world's most dangerous criminals, OZ ended up the dumping ground for everything polite society deemed undesirable.

From inside this place a garbled message proves Dorothy's father is still alive, trapped in a prison with only one way in and no way out. Into this place 17-year-old Dorothy must go if she wants to find her father and keep the promise she made to her dying mother.

She thought she had spent the past seven years preparing to overcome anything that got in the way of fulfilling her promise, but the situation she finds herself is harder and more intense than anything she has experienced before as she drops right into the middle of a power struggle for control over all of OZ. If she has any hope of surviving long enough to find her father, she will need her mother's guts, her father's brains and the unexpected help from those discarded and forgotten.

Everyone she meets tells her the same thing. The only person who can help her is the one prisoner who deserves to be in a place like this and refers to himself by the name, Wizard.

The Wizard always asks for something in exchange for his help. Can Dorothy afford the terrible price he will demand?
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  1. I just got a copy ealier this week - and its sequel - and am now looking forward to reading it even more!

  2. Glad you enjoyed the story. I had just as much fun writing it. - Steve DW

  3. I love your honest reviews! Helps me choose just the right book! Thank you!