Steamworks in the Bylea is a fantasy adventure involving two separate stories. The first involves a young boy, Alistair, who has to watch the horrible execution of his parents and then must run for his own life when he becomes the next to die. He wants answers but is sidetracked by events that disrupt his search for the truth. The other story is about Cathan, a young boy who wants to make his family proud by being successful at tribe life but has no talents at all. Inside Cathan is the spirit of a warrior who wants to make Cathan proud and courageous. Both worlds are described beautifully by the author with great detail so that the reader can picture himself or herself right there. I did find it a bit difficult to get into only because it is quite “wordy” but once I let myself enter the author’s make-believe world I couldn’t put the book down.