In all honesty, this could have been an exceptional book. The world was there, it had so much potential to be developed. If it had just been steampunk, it wouldn't have needed to be explained but when you add in post apocalyptic and sci-fi genres, the world NEEDED to be explained. Since it wasn't, it left me so confused I felt like I was swimming in a lake of cut off descriptions and when pieced together made just about no sense. The blurb makes the world sound so interesting and mysterious but in the book it's just frustrating because it is less interesting and way more mysterious and in some cases, the blurb is more informative than the book is. None of my questions were answered (and I had A LOT of them). Something would happen in the book and I'd ask 'why?' but there was never any explanation given.
To be completely honest, this felt like a book that is maybe the fourth or fifth in a series. You know, when you are so deep in a series it's automatically assumed you know what is going on and what the world is about? That's exactly how this is because there were vague descriptions of the world, what has happened and what certain things are for. It's the kind of description that just brushes you up on information you might have forgotten instead of informing you on information you have not yet received, if that makes any sense at all.
Others might feel differently than I do but I started this book off thoroughly confused. I was jumped from one scene to another without any indication I was in a new scene or explained what exactly was happening. So it was difficult to follow along with the story especially since, as I've said, the world is not explained. There is barely any world-building at all which takes away the enjoyment of the story, in my eyes. I honestly think my confusion wouldn't be so prominent if Samhain Publishing actually used something to state when a scene breaks instead of just using spaces. The reason I say this is because I bought this from Fictionwise and I don't know what they do but when a scene breaks and there's nothing to indicate it did besides spaces, FW compresses the file or something so it seems the scene just runs on. It's very confusing. Here's an example of the many, many, many scenes that ran on because there was no indication the scene ended:
"I think not," he said, just a little breathless, and pulled Gabriel down in a soft kiss.
"I will be off, then. You are most welcome to come, if you'd like." Gabriel rested a hand on the doorframe. He was already wrapped in his red cloak, and his eyes gleamed dimly in the faint morning light. - I'm assuming the scene ended after the 'soft kiss' because Gabriel goes from laying on Asher to standing at the door but I don't know for sure. I had to read the paragraph twice before I realized a new scene started.
With that said, I did enjoy the story a little bit. I was confused beyond any person should be confused and I have more questions left over than you'd find on a final exam but I did enjoy the book. I liked Asher and Gabriel even if they pissed me off a time or two.
Overall, I honestly can't rec a book that made my head spin with confusion. I'm sorry :-/