Author: Sharon Gosling
Series: The Diamond Thief
Genre: Steampunk, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Switch Press
Publication date: February 1st
Pages: 496 (hardcover)
Trapeze-artist Rémy has left the circus and her life as a thief, but she doubts that detective Thaddeus Rec will ever truly trust her. Feeling torn between her new life and her old, Rémy decides to return to France and her old circus with Yannick, an old friend who unexpectedly appears.
Meanwhile, Thaddeus is sure that Yannick is up to no good. He's determined to find them and win Rémy back, even if he must risk a journey by airship to do so.
I read the first book in this series, The Diamond Thief, at the end of last year. I enjoyed it immensely and couldn’t get enough of it. So I was excited to read the sequel.
Rémy is an amazing character to read about. She used to live a life in a circus. And not abiding the law was not a problem for her. But after some crazy adventures and meeting the detective inspector Thaddeus Rémy decides to leave her old life behind and start a new one. Still she is insecure in her new life. Does she really fit in it or should she join the circus again?
Rémy and Thaddeus both learned so much about themselves in this book. Rémy has a lot of trust issues. She would rather run away then to completely trust someone. Throughout the book she learned that it was okay to take a leap of faith sometimes. Thaddeus his job was always important to him, he had worked hard for it after all. But what he didn’t get was that he could lose the people he cares for because of it. He learned to find a balance in his life that worked best for him in the end. It was great to see the characters from the first book grow into something more.
The steampunk and historical elements are added well to this story. They give this book that bit extra. The plot was well-written, it was impossible for me to put this book down. I always kept telling myself that I could read one more chapter… It is easy to get sucked into the story. The setting of The Ruby Airship was very different than the first book. Instead of London the author now took us to the idyllic countryside of France. Something completely different than London but I loved it.
I enjoyed this book a lot. Sometimes a sequel to a goof first book can be a bit lacking but that definitely wasn’t the case with The Ruby Airship. If you like steampunk but have not read this series yet than I would definitely recommend it to you. Personally I cannot wait to see on which adventures Thaddeus, Remy and the rest of the crew will go on in the next book. Hopefully we will not have to wait too long for the next book.