I got this book from a friend of mine *waves at Nancy* and I wasn't sure I was going to like it. I tend to avoid stories with vampires and their ilk because it's been written about time and again lately and I hadn't read a book by the author before. But since I'm a fan of steampunk and it got such glowing reviews on this site I gave it a go. In short, wow what a book. Characters are done to perfection, I was into it after the first sentence and the plot doesn't flag to the end. My minor grouse is the ending is such an obvious set up for the next in the series but what does it matter when I really want to get it anyway. One of the best books I've read this year. Well worth 5 stars.