Short Story (10,000 words)
Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical, Steampunk
Anke can do anything with brass and steam, springs and gears. What she can’t do is cross the lines of class and propriety that keep her from declaring her love for her patron, the beautiful Lady Phoebe. Lady Phoebe has long been entertained – and stimulated—by the dancing dolls Anke has made for her, but now she must marry for the sake of duty and family. She has one last commission for Anke—to build a doll that can love her as much as Anke does. (F/F – For content labels and excerpt, see details on publisher’s site.)
This was a nice story. Fun to read and free of angst.
I liked Anke, she was a nice character, but I feel like I didn’t get to know too much about her, other than the fact that she care so much for Lady Phoebe, who wasn’t as nice character as Anke. I don’t know why, but it was very hard for me to care for her. She seemed too spoiled and I couldn’t feel any sympathy for her.
The plot is not too complex, Lady Phoebe likes to have fun with the marvelous dolls Anke create for her pleasure, but anything seemed to be good enough for her. Again, in that plot description, I seem to see Lady Phoebe as a spoil little brat. I can’t see her any other way. But still, I have fun reading it. I didn’t appreciate the ending so much, but I understand the reasons for things being certain way. Overall it was a nice story.