Cold Copper by Devon Monk
Bounty hunter and lycanthrope Cedar Hunt vowed to track down all seven pieces of the Holder—a strange device capable of deadly destruction. And, accompanied by witch Mae Lindson and the capricious Madder brothers, he sets out to do just that. But the crew is forced to take refuge in the frontier town of Des Moines, Iowa, when a glacial storm stops them in their tracks. The town, under mayor Killian Vosbrough, is ruled with an iron fist—and plagued by the steely Strange, creatures that pour through the streets like the unshuttered wind.
But Cedar soon learns that Vosbrough is mining cold copper for the cataclysmic generators he’s manufacturing deep beneath Des Moines, bringing the search for the Holder to a halt. Chipping through ice, snow, and bone-chilling bewitchment to expose a dangerous plot, Cedar must stop Vosbrough and his scheme to rule the land and sky….
Cedar Hunt and his fellow travelers reach Des Moines and stay with a kind minister. Unfortunately for the Madder brothers, who owe the minister a debt. The minister wants them to find the town’s missing children. Of course the numerous missing children are only a part of the strange happenings in town. Once again, Cedar and his friends face the Strange and those wishing to use the power to their own advantage.
This is the third novel in the Age of Steam series. The team has a fun rapport that adds a bit of humor. Cold Copper is fast-paced action and adventure. With plenty of suspense, mystery, and a bit of romance – this steampunk series never disappoints. Events build up to an exciting conclusion. Though the travelers are still searching for the missing Holder and must now deal with the consequences of their decisions in Des Moines. I certainly look forward to the next in this thrilling and distinctive series.