by Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: The Lost Imperials #2
Genres: Science Fiction, Steampunk
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In a battle for control of the time stream, the past and the future will collide, either saving mankind—or destroying it.Stein has been with the Hollows for as long as she can remember, taken as a child she has no memories of her past—and that’s always been fine by her. Until the day she stumbles across a hidden journal containing the devastating truth about her paternity. Now everything she thought she knew—and everyone she thought she could trust—has changed. The truth about who she is and where she came from is a secret so deep, it will rock the Hollows and the Tesla Institute alike. During a test to verify her bloodlines, Stein makes a terrible discovery. She is carrying a rare genetic mutation that is slowly killing her. Unsure who to turn to and running out of time, she has no choice but to turn to Tesla--her most hated enemy--for help. But can she trust the man who she's been fighting against her whole life, or will she end up another piece in his deadly game of cat and mouse with the people who betrayed her so long ago?
Today I am sharing my review of Prodigal the second book in the Lost Imperials series. Back in 2013, I stumbled upon a book with a super cool cover and synopsis, it ended up making my top ten list and introduced me to two authors whose works I now crave and enjoy. That book was Extracted, the first in the Lost Imperials series by Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler Jolley. Published by Clean Teen this steampunk science fiction series has this time traveling geek grinning and eager for more. Prodigal took me back to this fascinating world and I became lost in its spell.
Prodigal picks up a little after the climatic ending of Extracted. Stein discovered a journal that has her questioning who she is. A simple blood test to determine her linage leads to a devastating discovering. A rare genetic mutation is killing her.
Prodigal while continuing to flesh out the world of Rifters and the Hollows really focuses on Stein from her relationships to her unique history. I love how Ficklin and Jolley use her storyline to further our knowledge of the world all while taking us deep into Tesla’s hideaway. Stein is a strong character, which we have witnessed from the beginning, and it was difficult seeing her struggle with the discovery of her lineage.
Steampunk, gadgets, strange characters and more are present in Prodigal. While some of the gadgets are over the top, the geeky side of me just squealed with delight. Rifting through time, facing danger, and secrets all added to this well-spun story. The plot is well paced drawing the reader immediately into the tale, with dangers, twists, alliances and more. Most of the tale is spent with Stein and Ember but we see enough of the other characters to satisfy while making us eager to learn more. I want to know what happened to Ethan, and hope Riven gives us answers.
One of my favorite aspects of this series is the unique, fleshed out characters. From the scientists- Tesla and Stein to the teens who make up their teams. Stein, Lex, Ember, Ethan and more. Each character is unique from their personalities to their style of dress. While the Rifters and those in the Hollows both time travel, they use different methods and consider the other their enemy. I am quite anxious to learn more as this battle heats up and discoveries are made. For those who like a little romance, we share in not one but two developing romances which are sweet and deliver that swoon-factor while not overpowering the action.
Fans of time travel, science fiction, Doctor Who and wickedly good steampunk will enjoy Prodigal and the entire Lost Imperial series. Because of the time line and character progression, I recommend reading these in order for the full experience. Stop by tomorrow for my review of Riven book three and a chance to win a copy of Extracted.