Book Review: Mars on the Rise by Rae Geecategories: Book, Victorian, Science Fiction, Fantasy, LGBT, Gay, Music Hall, War, BDSM, Dark Steampunk
Rae Geeabout this book: Mars on the Rise is a dark Steampunk tale of war and forbidden love. Cedo Reilly believes in the right and the good. He tells tales at the end of the pier, collecting the coins which fall into his hat before he returns to the boarding house room he shares with his cat.
Erus Veetu is the opposite of everything Cedo believes in. The owner of weapons manufacturer Veetu Industries, he gives Cedo an offer he can't refuse: leave the boarding house and the streets, rise to fame on the stages of the music halls and find the mother he believes dead.
But Erus wants more from him. He wants someone to remain at his side, someone to give in to his every whim. Cedo agrees, with often painful consequences. Yet he refuses to give up, believing that there is more to Erus than pain, war and death. He tries to scratch at the surface, to find what makes Erus tick. Just as he's getting the results he wants, and just as he's realising how much Erus means to him, his Master is sentenced to death for crimes against his own people. Mysteriously, his body is never released, nor is it discovered and when a message arrives from the mountains of the Dynasty, a whole new adventure begins.
Mars on the Rise took around 18 months to write. Its sequel, Selling Mars, took little under a year. The title was concocted one summer's night while sitting on the balcony of a friend's house. The sky was clear and there, in the darkness, a red orb began to rise. Mars is also the planet of war so it seemed fitting!
The cover was lovingly designed by the people over at Torquere Press and they've always done well by me. There's a lot of research involved in the Veetu Industries series but it's something which I greatly enjoy. The piles of books have grown, as has the circle of friends. Through the books I've met many wonderful and amazing people, and I hope that the coming years and months will bring many more new friends.
As for primary readers? I think if you enjoy reading (and you're not too easily offended!) then you may well enjoy this one. One thing to bare in mind (and I know you will!) is that the Victorian era was a tough time for people like Cedo. If you didn't have a great lot in life then one of the only ways to get ahead was to go in to servitude. Life, unfortunately, wasn't always that rosy. But it does get better for the characters in this series.
If you do read it, I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for spending a little time with me!
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