Book Review: Dominion by Shane Arbuthnott

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Dear Bookworms,

This read was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review. 

Molly Stout hails from a long line of harvesters. In fact, her ancestor, Haviland, was the one who discovered the spirits in the skies, paving the way for his descendants (and others) to make a living sailing the skies in their airships, catching, and containing the sinister beasts whose energy is then harvested to power machinery. During a particularly intense catch, a spirit actually talks to Molly, claiming to be a friend to her ancestor Haviland, turning Molly’s entire world view on it’s head.


By Shane Arbuthnott

Overall this was a really fun and exciting read. I will say it took a few chapters to really get a grasp on this world that Arbuthnott has created. It was a sort of sci-fi/steam punk-ish genre which was neat. I would have liked a little more world building (geography/topography/cultural norms/etc) which I’m sure the lack of contributed to my confusion in the beginning. The premise was certainly unique which was refreshing. 

Molly was a well written main character. I enjoyed her spunk and tenacity, she was easy to root for! I appreciated the numerous points of tension Molly encountered, all which served to further develop her as a more robust character. (Molly vs herself and her understanding of the world; Molly vs her Father; Molly vs harvesters; etc) The real stars of this book are the spirits. They have my heart for sure; Ariel, Cog, Legerdemain, Toves, they were all endearing and likable, especially little Cog! 

I will most certainly be reading the next installment, Terra Nova to see where the story takes us next! Lucky for me, I also have a copy handy to dive right into! 

Until next time friends!




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