The Wild Adventure of Jasper Renn (The Steampunk Chronicles #3.5)
(YA, steampunk, historical fantasy)
Jasper Renn has always been a character who amused me, partly because it seemed that he was merely toying with Sam when he’d flirt with Emily. (That is essentially confirmed in this story.) And watching him play with fire was something I enjoyed. He had a much bigger part in the second book in the series, though, THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR. I didn’t like him as much in that book, or in book 3. He was less fun-loving in those two books, due to the events in book 2. But in this story, he gets some of that fun back.
THE WILD ADVENTURE takes place at the same time as THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH, but it focuses on Jasper instead of the main group. As with Dandy, Jasper is a secondary character, but he’s always seemed more fleshed out to me. And this story only enhances his character and reinforces the things I like about him. This is almost more of a stand-alone story than Jack Dandy’s. The events in this story aren’t influenced by a lot of the main novels’ events, though it does include spoilers for all three books. It doesn’t depend on you to already know those events, though.
I also enjoyed getting to know more about Cat. She’s also a fun character, though up to now there was very little we knew about her. I hope we get to see more – a lot more. I want her to be the focus of a main-series book, and not just the .5 ebooks between the novels.