In the second volume of Lady Mechanika, we learn more about our partly mechanical heroine, and the world she lives in.
When a dear friend of Mechanika finds himself in peril across the globe, she sets off to his aide with both new and old friends, leaving her home town and traversing deserts and jungles alike. Only to encounter a fan favourite enemy of the dieselpunk genre, out to get the fabled Tablet of Destinies.
I’m not going to give away more, because I feel like for this volume, jam packed with adventure, I’ve already said too much as is! Ok the Tablet of Destinies part was pretty much a giveaway from the title, but still.
Whilst I own and love all volumes of Lady Mechanica, The Tablet of Destinies is definitely my favourite. It’s incredibly diverse story wise, changing settings and sceneries without ever becoming a jumbled mess. The villains are interesting and a surprising choice. Basically, this is the perfect mixture of steampunk victoriana and dieselpunk-eske occult theories.
An absolute must have for anyone into this kind of thing.
What is an added bonus is that whilst of course chronology is always a good thing, you don’t have to have read the first volume (and fourth, which is in reality the second) to keep track of the storyline in this instalment.
So if you’re just in it for this type of tale specifically, you’re good to go.