On the streets of New York, Jane Gray meets an intriguing man who claims to be the impossible: an imaginary playmate from her childhood: Prince Starling. Determined to know the truth, Jane tracks him into another realm.
This is the world of the Palazzo, a magical ship which is both a colossal steam vessel and a Renaissance kingdom. Ruling over its denizens–both human and otherwise–is an exotic and dangerous queen. Jane must find her way home, but the path is hopelessly lost.
Promising romance, the enigmatic Prince Starling and big-hearted crime lord Niccolo vie for Jane’s heart. But she has her eye on the pilot house. Who–or what–guides the Palazzo, and what is the urgent secret of its endless voyage? As a shocking destination looms into view, Jane must choose both a lover and a ship’s course, one that may avoid the end of all things.
Queen of the Deep is the kind of book that sucks you in and holds on, tight. Jane’s childhood imaginary friend shows up to rescue her from a train accident! Huh?!?! He isn’t imaginary at all, but a real being living in another realm! What follows is a suspenseful tale that is full of “what the heck” moments (in a good way)!
This author does an amazing job at building the world within her books. There are so many different types of characters within the other realm – some believable and some very imaginative. The fantasy side of this story is not lacking at all. In my opinion, it is the best part of the entire book! It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland with all the different characters that Alice (and Jane) came upon. Love that!
While the fantasy part of the story was amazing, I felt that the romance part was lacking. I’m not sure what it was, but something just didn’t work for me and I found myself not caring about that part of the story.
If you are a fan of a good fantasy story with a great cast of characters, though, definitely pick up this one to read!