Quartz by Rabia Gale is a fantastic start to the new Sunless World series! In this book, Rafe Grenfeld is a man and a spy on a mission. When he discovers that there is a collection of quartz in the world, he knows that he must do everything in his power to recover it for Oakhaven. In order to power their machines, Oakhaven, along with Blackstone and other kingdoms require quartz to power their machines. Due to excessive mining, nearly all the quartz is gone. As Rafe seeks to fulfill his mission, things do not go as planned, leading to an adventure and race against time as friend and foe become increasingly difficult to discern.
Quartz is a mixture of steampunk meets magic. If you enjoy steampunk and fantasy, you will appreciate this book. I found it difficult to place down, especially once I passed the 25% mark in the book. It always takes me a little bit of time to understand the back story and start a new adventure. Gale does a fantastic job of creating a massive world and populating it with interesting characters. I look forward to seeing Rafe and Isabella’s relationship grow in future books. Even minor side characters tend to be well fleshed out and given an interesting part in Quartz. For a great story, beautiful book cover, an engaging cast of characters, and solid writing I am giving quartz 5/5 stars.
I received this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.