The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann is a fun and fantastical steampunk story.
years ago, a faerie door opened in the city of Bath, nearly
obliterating the city and releasing a wave of the Fae into the mundane
world before closing again. There were skirmishes and struggles, but now
the faeries are assimilating into human culture, kept in check by iron
and tolling bells. The mixing of the two races has, however, created a
despised sub-class of changelings, or Peculiars. Bartholomew Kettle is
one such child. He and his sister Hettie live with their human mother in
the slums of Bath, having been long since abandoned by their faerie
father. When changelings start disappearing, nobody is particularly
concerned, but when Hettie is taken, Bartholomew will do anything to
rescue her. Along the way, he will find himself tangled up in political
schemes far beyond anything he could have imagined.
enjoyed this book. I listened to the audio version, and found it
difficult to tear myself away. The premise is interesting, the
worldbuilding strong, and I loved the characters -- plucky Bartholomew,
wistful Hettie, lackadaisical Mr. Jelliby -- and the Sidhe always make
such convincing villains! The book does end on a cliffhanger, so I'll be
reading the next book in the series soon.
(Reviewed from an e-audiobook borrowed through my library system.)