Lumiere begins with an prologue of a young Eyelet attending a carnival with her mother where we start getting glimpse into some of the machinery and gadgets to come. Also, learning a bit of the Illuminator that Eyelet’s father had built to help her overcome her seizures she suffers from, which seems to be an x-ray machine of sorts.
As the story begins we’re introduced to the evil Smrt, our villain in the book. But also it jumps right into Eyelet’s mother being accused of “wickedry” and going to be killed in the town square. Eyelet’s father had passed earlier in her life so her mother gives her a necklace of her father’s telling her to run and save herself and so Eyelet’s journey begins.
Eyelet’s adventure is not only motivated by getting away from Smrt and his soldiers but to find her father’s invention to hopefully cure herself. She meets Urlick, a young inventor himself and the two both obviously have their own secrets and agendas.
The world in the story actually became quite intriguing going from one part to the next and learning of all the things involved. I will note though I found it odd with all the differences and that the author thought that they should be drinking “Earl Grey” tea. Seemed a bit odd to have that popped into the story.
Eyelet and Urlick eventually seemed to fit together quite nicely even though they get off to a bit of a rocky start upon meeting. I did find Eyelet a bit irritating upon the arrival at Urlick’s compound. She seemed quite demanding and bratty instead she should of been more gracious. The same story could have been told with her coming across as curious instead of entitled. She otherwise seemed to be a rather smart, nice girl other than the one section which brought my rating down a bit.
The book ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger but with everything that happened I’m quite looking forward to seeing where the story takes us in the next book. Love to see the world expanded on and what other adventures await the characters.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.