Beneath the arcane Rustpeaks lies the city of Lansfyrd, where visibility is at an all-time low and airships rumble through the skies. Detective Lentsay “Len” Yoriya is a former homicide detective stuck at a burglary assignment as punishment for loving the wrong person. But when a xenophobic radio-shaman is murdered and the killers try to frame the city’s oppressed insectoids, Len sees a chance to prove her worth. Though high-profile murders are rarely uncomplicated.
In the city’s affluent quarters, Len’s partner Vli-Rana Talie works as a lector at the university, studying the history of a species that once ruled the world. As the temperature rises for her partner, Vli will soon realize that delving into history, that some would prefer was forgotten, will carry risks of its own. Especially when the ambitions of empires are affected.
Meanwhile, there is an election coming up, and the tension simmering in the city is reaching a boiling point. Vli and Len must find what allies they can and face the powers that threaten their home.
History never ends, and unless its lessons are heeded what was once the past might become the present.
Unbroken Truth by Lukas Lundh is a really unique crime mystery, political thriller mixed into a steampunk setting. I was immediately intrigued by this, and I wasn’t let down.
The world building is excellent. Lansfyrd felt real. I felt like I was in the streets with Len and Vil-Rana. The extreme air pollution that made it impossible to see feet in front of the characters really gave a suspenseful air to this novel.
The mystery was also great. I didn’t catch on as qe were weaved through twists and turns. The political tensions added in gave this novel a sense of reality for me, with the state of the world, currently.
Multicultural cast made for an intriguing read. I enjoyed our main characters. They felt like real people.
There is a lot of information to remember, but that isn’t uncommon with a novel like this. Once you get into it, it is a beautiful novel. Give it a read.
*I received a free copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Lukas Lundh grew up around books and started writing in early childhood. He speaks English, Swedish and Japanese from living in New Zealand as a teen and studying for a year in Japan in early 20s.
He is educated in philosophy, game design, creative writing and is currently working on a history degree.
Between reading course books which inspire history flash-fictions, Lukas writes everything in between space opera, fantasy steelpunk, and post-ap war dystopias.
His debut novel, a steelpunk spy thriller, Unbroken Truth, is available for pre-order. He doesn’t blog, but he is active on twitter.
Social Media Links – @LundhLukas
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