An odd house stands at the edge of a small Ohio town. The residents use steam rather than electricity, and raise all their own food. As you might imagine, this draws the attention of their neighbors, especially an exceptionally nosy and intrusive one across the street. That, though, isn’t their worse problem—they are hiding from an evil force, the Rasmussens that is out to enslave or destroy them.
When young Will Steemjammer’s father and mother disappear, it’s left to him, his sister Angelica, and their cousin Giselle, to discover the secrets of their house, find their father and mother—as well as Giselle’s father—who have vanished without a trace.
In Steemjammer: Through the Vertgaat by John Eubank steampunk meets urban fantasy in a fantastic world that looks like it was invented by someone on some serious psychedelic substances. Excitement, humor, and more pratfalls than a Three Stooges film mark the author’s tribute to his children. Thankfully, a glossary and pronunciation guide is provided for the author’s creation of a language that’s Dutch without actually being Dutch, and a world that could only exist in an imagination that hasn’t escaped from the youthful ability to fantasize.
Follow Will and his crew through one hair-raising episode after another until you reach a conclusion that leaves you hanging on every word with awe, and anxious to pick up the sequel to see what he gets up to next.
I give this opening salvo four stars.