Title: Esper Files
Author: Egan Brass
Published: October 26th, 2016
Genre: Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, Young Adult
Number of pages: 217
Series: Esper Files
Esper Files – Book 1
Esper Files: The Sky Cult – Book 2 (expected publication date: January 25th, 2017)
POV: 3rd person
Where you can find this book: Amazon
Set in London during the latter part of the 19th century. An experiment goes wrong at The Oxford Academy of Science, giving certain people extraordinary powers which turns them into ‘Espers’. An institute is set up to teach Espers how to control these power, and stop corrupt Espers from abusing theirs. Nathan and James, two agents from the Institute team up with Freya, a young Esper whose brother (gifted with the strange ability to manipulate emotions) is abducted by a ruthless Baron. The group has to fight against a dark threat to protect the fragile peace of Victorian London… And the rest of the world.
I was so excited when I realized that this was another steampunk novel. For some reason, actually I know the reason: she is 3 and sitting behind me right now, I must have missed it in the blurb. So after reading the Prologue and the first chapter and finding out that it was a steampunk book, I literally cheered….lol.
This book is very interesting. It starts off with the Professor giving a demonstration on Electro Magnetic energy at The Oxford Academy of Science to a crowd of people, including some influential Lords. Unfortunately, there was an accident involving a storm that blew up the lab which was called the Great Storm. But not only the lab was destroyed in the Great Storm. Something was released and it began to affect 20% of the Earth’s population with paranormal powers and natures. See, that was the day that the Espers were created.
Fast forward 30 years into the future and you are introduced to Espers named Nathan and James. They are about to jump off an airship and use James’s power of teleportation (he can teleport anywhere he has seen once) to the Bank of England. Where there is a robbery occurring. After a bloody and fire-filled fight (one of the rogue Espers could control fire), they end up back at the Institute with the rogue Esper who was robbing the bank.
It is while Nathan is being healed that it is disclosed that he has a very rare paranormal ability. Just by touching another Esper, he gets their abilities and the emotions associated with the abilities. It is while interrogating Firebrand (the rogue Esper), they find out that there is a diabolical plan being set into action by a mysterious Esper named The Baron. The first plan was to rob the Bank of England for a mind control device. The second plan is to kidnap a 9-year-old Esper called The Siren. The reason the boy is called The Siren is that he has a voice that can hypnotize people and The Baron needs him for his diabolical plan (not telling you what the plan is…read the book).
That’s when Freya is introduced. She is The Siren (aka Cyrus) older sister and she is his protector. Freya is also an Esper but she has repressed her powers until the night that her adoptive mother and father are brutally murdered by a trio of blood drinking Espers and her brother is kidnapped by the Baron’s assassin Shadow (also an Esper who can go in and out of shadows).
Freya is rescued from the ice block she made of her house and neighborhood by Nathan and brought back to the Institute. There she is told about the plan to use Cyrus for a nefarious reason. That is when she decides to take action.
I felt bad for Freya at first but then she kinda got on my nerves. She didn’t listen and found herself in some pretty dangerous situations while not knowing how to use her powers. I actually said to my Kindle “Just listen to Nathan, you silly girl” during the last battle.
I liked Nathan but I couldn’t imagine the toll his power had on him. What I liked, even more, was that he used Tai Chi to ground himself and to keep his emotions in check after gaining a new power. Plus, he was able to use it in battle at the end of the book when his powers wouldn’t have been able to help him and I really liked that. He was also a sarcastic, cheeky son of a gun and his mouth did get him in trouble (and made me laugh)
Not going to go into the story from there but man, it was full of action and some pretty evil people doing some pretty evil things. There is one scene of an Esper taking over another Esper’s mind that freaked me out. Also, The Baron at the end of the book was downright spooky.
There wasn’t a happy ending with this book. Some storylines were wrapped up, others were left open and new ones were started. It paved the way for a second book, which I can’t wait to read.
How many stars will I give Esper Files? 4
Why? One word: Steampunk. Add the fantasy/paranormal aspect and lots of action and it made for a very good read.
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age Range: Teen
Why: No sex, mild language, and violence. Because of some of the scenes, I would recommend for older teens.
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**