I remain a complete sucker for good worldbuilding, and this is a very fun world that Hale has built. Gilded Age America, but with magic around, things went a bit differently – not least of which being that a magical war cracked the continent in half, leaving California an ocean away. In the meantime, magic has been severely regulated, and oh, don’t forget the automatons everywhere. It’s an interesting place.
And that’s without touching on the protagonists, who have an astonishing amount of backstory for such a short book.
It’s a short read – took me less than an hour, once I’d gotten invested – and I heartily recommend it. Give it a read.