I confess, I read this AGES ago and for some reason have not been able to bring myself to post about it. This is what I noted to myself right after finishing:
- Liked it, but was a bit confused by who was who – including who was supposed to be good, who was evil, etc. etc.
Since I just need to get over this hurdle, I’m taking my description right off Goodreads:
Adventure! Romance! Mad Science!
The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. It has been eighteen years since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over—and terrorizing—the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Hetrodynes’ return.
At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck. Incapable of building anything that actually works, but dedicated to her studies, Agatha seems destined for a lackluster career as a minor lab assistant. But when the University is overthrown by the ruthless tyrant Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, Agatha finds herself a prisoner aboard his massive airship Castle Wulfenbach—and it begins to look like she might carry a spark of Mad Science after all.
From Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the Hugo, Eagle, and Eisner Award-nominated webcomic Girl Genius, comes Agatha H and the Airship City, a gaslamp fantasy filled to bursting with Adventure! Romance! and Mad Science!
After reading the book I went and searched out the webcomic, and was dismayed to find that they are the same story. After reading the first chapter or so of the webcomic, I will have to say that I did enjoy the book better, although the visual nature of the comic made it a bit easier to tell who was who. I’m just not that into the art, however, so will stick with the book if I continue on with this adventure series!