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By Molly Tanzer
Reviewed by Jason Pettus
Out of the large stack of books recently sent to us by horror publisher Word Horde, Molly Tanzer's Vermilion is the first full-length novel of theirs I've gotten to read (the rest so far have been story anthologies); and it certainly does not disappoint, a sprawling and epic steampunk tale with supernatural elements and lots of strange little details in its world-building (such as the intelligent bears who live in the Rocky Mountain region, who like Native Americans have negotiated a territory-based peace with the US government). It's a big book to be sure, and you'll need to be an existing steampunk fan to make it through the whole thing; but this is also a great challenge for those who like contemporary urban fantasies, and who would like to see such storytelling run through the filter of Victoriana from 150 years ago. Strongly recommended.
Out of 10: 8.9, or 9.7 for steampunk fans