out of 5
Review by Lane
I've read a couple of Swanwick's short stories, for which he is primarily known, but I've really wanted to read more of his stuff for a long time now. Unfortunately, The Iron Dragon's Daughter, his previous novel in the same setting, has been out of print that whole time, and I didn't want to read his latest until I read the first. I finally gave up finding a copy and read this one; luckily, as far as I can tell, the two are self-contained. Also luckily, I really liked it. The novel is pretty episodic (you can really tell Swanwick is primarily a short story writer), but, other than a little bit about four fifths of the way through, I really dug all those episodes. Lately, I've been getting tired of all the faerie stuff in a lot of fantasy, but a post-industrial Faerie overflowing with races and monsters, with little of the tedious faux-medieval stuff? Much more interesting.