Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky 

Okay, so I’m going to start this review by saying this book is a hidden treasure. Seriously, if you haven’t read it I suggest you do, if that gorgeous cover isn’t enough to get you to purchase this book then you deserve a punch in the face. The book is set in a fantasy world in the late 19th century, if your a hardcore fantasy fan and only like EPIC fantasy or grimdark this book will not be for you, it is a low fantasy with only a tiny bit of magic. We follow our main character Emily Marshwic who I absolutely adored. It is a first person POV, which I normally don’t enjoy but I feel it suited this story. Chapter one was extremely exciting and I thought I was reading a fast paced book, however chapter two goes back a few years to before the war and I realized I was reading a slow burn fantasy. The first quarter is quite boring but the rest of the novel is absolutely amazing. The story itself is basically about a war, the people of Lascanne were promised it would be a quick fight but it has dragged on for years and the towns have been left devastated by all men young and old being sent to the war, after a few years of the war going on they run out of men for the front line and start recruiting women, our MC Emily who has never even held a gun before is sent to the front line. This is where shit gets real and I swear I couldn’t breath the whole time Emily was fighting in the war, it was so devastatingly sad and realistic I think the author did a fantastic job of showing his readers how the war does change people, because Emily is no longer a precious peach and ends up being able to handle a gun better then most men. I can’t say much more about the plot because everything will be considered a spoiler but I will say it is definitely worth reading & it is breath taking.
Recommended to all Jane Austen fans as the writing is very similar and everyone who loves a good fiction book about war.

Review by Luna.


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