A Feast of Phantoms by Kat Ross
(Lingua Magika, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: February 18, 2020
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk
Lingua Magika is Kat’s latest series, a fast-paced Western steampunk fantasy with a dash of romance and adventure! A Feast of Phantoms is Book #1, with at least two more to follow.
It was supposed to be simple.
Help Marshal Sebastian Hardin escort his prisoner one stop on the railway to Charter Oak.
Just one stop.
But when that prisoner is a savant who talks to ghosts, even the simplest plans have a way of falling apart.
Sheriff’s Deputy Ruth Cortez always does the right thing. Lucky Boy is a company town, dependent on the rich and powerful Carnarvon family. Besides which, the charismatic Sebastian Hardin isn’t an easy man to say no to. When his transport derails in the middle of the prairie, Ruth begins a relentless manhunt that leads straight into the dark heart of the Carnarvon empire.
Lee Merriweather favors sharp suits and fast trains – especially when he’s stealing them. At the ripe old age of 18, he’s managed to become the most wanted criminal in three territories. Lee can’t resist playing cat and mouse with a small-town deputy, but what starts as a game becomes deadly serious.
Sebastian Hardin is the Carnarvons’ right hand, loyal to the death and willing to keep any secret to protect the family. They want Lee alive, but with the young savant’s disturbing abilities it won’t be an easy proposition. Whoever catches Lee gets the keys to the kingdom and the Carnarvons aren’t the only ones hunting him down. Sebastian has enough problems without falling for Deputy Cortez – but you can’t always choose who you love.
They terrorized the settlers until Calindra Carnarvon learned to speak their language. Her empire relies on controlling their telekinetic powers, but Lee Merriweather could destroy it all. And not even Lee suspects the shocking truth of the phantoms’ real nature.
I am not sure what I was expecting when I picked this book up but I don’t think I expected to love this so much. Once I got into the book I only put it down to sleep.
I like the character Ruth I just feel bad for her because I believe that she is going to be tested even more down the line. She has a things are either good or bad personality and the world does not work that way so I think the more this series goes on we are going to see her grow as she is thrown more and more grey areas.
I adore Lee Merriweather there is just something about him that I really like and I want a good ending for him. There are so many hints dropped around that I really wonder what is up this the main family. I think we are going to find a very interesting web as we see how the past meets the present. Maybe I am reading into it all to much (very likely) but I can’t help it. I also can not wait to see what Doc’s story is. I am sure we haven’t even touched the tip of that iceberg.
There is something that really bothers me regarding the grandchildren of the matriarch. I haven’t put my finger on it just yet but there is definitely something that does not sit well with me at this time. Mostly regarding the twins.
This was the read that I needed and I can not wait until the next one comes out I have already preordered book 2 because I enjoyed this one so much.
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.