The Sunless Countries by Karl Schroeder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I still like this series best when it doles out some awesome worldbuilding. The steampunk elements in this hard SF -- construct -- of Virga are okay and fairly entertaining. The adventure to learn more and turn aside from their previous desires was pretty much the best part.
That isn't to say that I wasn't slightly put off with the later wall-of-text, because I was, but I decided to be tolerant. Good SF can sometimes be a little difficult.
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