Esper Files 3: The Chimera Formula – Egan Brass

36329466.jpgThe steampunk adventure continues! Following the dramatic events of book #2, a crew of evil mutants are wreaking all kinds of havoc across London, even infiltrating the Institute itself. It’s up to the Espers to find out who is behind the creation of these awful creatures, and put a stop to them.

Filled to the brim with action and excitement, The Chimera Formula is another entertaining instalment of the Esper series. It is quite a bit more gory and violent than the previous books, and Egan Brass’ writing is much improved. There’s still too much of the phrase “the latter”, but it flows a lot more smoothly.

Sadly, I really missed my favourite character – Red Cap – but the others did a good job of filling the void. I particularly liked the subtle romantic developments, including a very sweet lesbian relationship between Freya and Reyna (hooray, diversity).

Although it is the third book in the series, this could easily be read as a standalone novel.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Esper Files: The Sky Cult – Egan Brass

51IQWoUaBHL__SY346_.jpgIn Book #2 of the Esper Files, the Institute faces opposition on all sides. A radical group known as the Anti-Esper Coalition have got their hands on powerful anti-Esper weapons, while a group of Espers calling themselves the Sky Cult have decided that Espers should rule over humans. Nathan, Freya and the rest of the team have to battle both sides, all while dealing with corrupt Lords, assassins and thieves. If they fail, the entire world will be at risk.

Now, I did very much enjoy Book #1. As I started reading this book, I did start to go off it a little. The story is good – very good actually. There is almost non-stop action and excitement, there’s magical powers, and there’s a very clear-cut good vs evil scenario. However, it is almost as if the author is writing something they wish they could watch on TV. The writing style is lacking the depth necessary for a really good book. I can’t pinpoint exactly what is missing, because the story is good, the characters are likeable*, the plot is exciting, and the steampunk and magical aspects are fun. But something is definitely missing.

*(I really liked the Phantom Thief and Red Cap in this book. They’re both fun and sassy, and I love a bit of ambiguity in terms of goodie/baddie role).

This is still a good book (probably about 3.5 on a star rating), and I will probably carry on with the series when Book #3 comes out. I’m just saying, it’s not the best.

Thanks to Inkitt for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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