by Melanie Karsak
A sabotaged airship. A recovering opium addict. A messenger with life-shattering news. With the 1824 British airship qualifying race only weeks away, Lily Stargazer is at the top of her game. She’s racing like a pro, truly in love, and living clean. But on one ill-omened day, everything changes. Pulled head-long into the ancient secrets of the realm, Lily soon finds herself embroiled in Celtic mysteries and fairy lore. And she’s not quite sure how she got there, or even if she wants to be involved. But Lily soon finds herself chasing the spirit of the realm while putting her own ghosts to rest. And only accepting the truth--about her heart and her country--can save her.
Chasing the Green Fairy is the second installment in Melanie Karsak’s Airship Racing Chronicles and what an emotional journey it was. From sabotaged airships, death, secret realms and decisions Karsak completely drew me in. Mini review: personal demons, heartbreak, beautiful, sweet and engaging.
The 1824 British qualifying race is weeks away, and spirits are high for Lily Stargazer and her trusty team, when one day changes everything. Her ship is sabotaged, and an urgent message is delivered forcing her to leave her team and Sal, the man she loves. Lily soon finds herself in the middle of Celtic mysteries, heartache and fairies. It is a hard journey that brings us closer to Lily.
I adore Lily and her misfit team, but this tale is focused more on Lily as she faces challenges, accepts new responsibilities and renews her determination. Karsak does an excellent job of fleshing out Lily, and I found myself rooting for this troubled, head-strong, and noble gal. Along the way, we meet old comrades and lovers. Each of the characters has their own voice, and the author brings these eccentric and delightful characters to life.
Chasing the Green Fairy still has airship racing, but this tale focuses more on Lily and has her facing some dark times. Her journey is a difficult one but brings us closer to her. This was an emotional ride, and as a reader I experienced many emotions from loss to elation. The thread on Celtic lore and the fairies was fascinating and completely captured my attention. While the steampunk gadgets weren’t as prevalent, we did see a few that had me excited. Sal, our beloved tinkerer, is in the midst of something wonderful, and we see some advancement with their relationship. The tale was well paced, with a few twists, and a little magic. My heart went out to Lily, as I felt every emotion she experienced. Gads, this girl, is one tough cookie with spunk and heart. Despite her own personal demons, she always does the right thing which makes things interesting as she stays true to her own course. The tale ended on a high note shedding the darker aspects and leaving me with hope as I eye her next adventure.
Chasing the Green Fairy was a welcome addition to the Airship Racing Chronicles bringing us closer to Lily. Chasing the Fog is the next book set to release in June.
Four and half cups of coffee out of five
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