3.5 stars out of 5
Contrary to the other reviewers, I rather enjoyed this novella. Set some time in the 1870's, Asher's Invention
follows the adventures of Asher, inventor extraordinaire, and his ex-fiancee Minerva as they try to rescue Minerva's father, Silas, who has been kidnapped. The kidnappers want, as ransom, one of Asher's inventions - a perpetual-motion machine which can provide enough energy to run a city for a thousand years.
The novella was well paced with a more-than-decent writing and a couple of interesting characters to carry it forward. My only quibble is that, owing to the nature of a novella, the plot felt a tad rushed at times and, hence, compromised on character development a bit. I might have preferred it more if this had been a full length novel with the inclusion of the back-story of how Asher and Minerva met and fell in love, as well as a couple of chapters detailing how Silas had cheated Asher and stolen his invention.ARC received by NetGalley and Carina Press.