Poor writing (too much tell, not enough show), poor editing, poor pacing, lazy characterizations, and a plot that managed, somehow, to be both absurd and boring. The dialogue desperately tried to be witty but always fell short.Also, Books and Braun? Come on, now.The actual steampunk bits (the gadgets and the like) were interesting, hence the 2 stars rating (because I can't give it a 1.5).And I still can't forgive this:“It was believed that Ferdinand Magellan was one of its members.”Eliza blinked. “Hold on. Magellan? How does a Spaniard—”"a Spaniard"?!?!