I never read a steampunk book I didn't like. Until this came along.What was wrong with this book? Beyond the mechanicals, there are no steampunk elements. No cool outfits or gears and not a zeppelin in sight. The plot is very thin. The characters act oddly and occasionally there's no logic behind their actions. Valentine loves parentheses to the extent that they are used so often as to become tiresome and it just slows the story down.Here's a few specific problems with this novel: It's hard to root for characters that have zero personality and hate or ignore each other. It's a wonder no one gets a knife in the back from a fellow trouper.Then it stretches belief beyond the breaking point to imagine that a circus armed with all of two guns can defeat an army guarding a city. They aren't superheroes and this isn't a comic book.Even if you're a steampunk fan skip this one.