Oh dear, this didn’t really work for me. I like the basic ingredients but the execution just leaves me cold and frustrated.
It’s a shame, because the world-building is fascinating. This is a really intriguing alternate history, where the British Empire hung on to her American colonies but lost control of Jamaica in the Maroon Wars; where Texas has remained belligerently independent; and where the indigenous tribes withdrew from the eastern states to fortify the West against the white man. It makes for two powerful political blocs of colour balanced against the ongoing incursions of the expansionist Imperials, and sets up an interesting political balance.
All of which is brilliant context for story-telling ...but the story and the characters feel awfully thin, and the dialogue is terribly heavy on exposition dumps. Disappointing.
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