Review: The Orb & the Airship

I am finally reading fantasy again! Sort of. I’m not sure. It might be too early to tell, but I have a list of fantasy books I want to read this year and this was one of them. So without further ado:

The Orb and the Airship

The Orb and the Airship by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt  was the first Kickstarter I ever backed and I am so glad I did. The author promised and she delivered. This book did not disappoint! The story builds slowly yet with tension as she introduces the different characters and their story lines and then weaves them into an epic adventure that grows bigger and more dangerous with each turn of the page. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, the worldbuilding, and getting a glimpse of airships in a fantastical setting. I can’t wait to see what will happen next and how the characters will all cross paths again.

About the Book

A rogue airship captain. An ambitious youth. A clash of powers beyond their imagination.

With scholarships to a prestigious military school, Grayden and Wynn are thirsty for adventure. But the night before they leave, they discover the mysterious Dalmir and his arcane orb in the forsaken tower outside of town. The old man, who seems to have a wealth of knowledge of what came before and yet so little of the now, insists on accompanying them as they travel to the academy.

Meanwhile, all pirate Captain Marik wants is to keep to the skies, take his due, and care for his crew. Then a straightforward pillaging mission on a ship of fresh academy students leads to betrayal from one of his own and an unlikely friendship forged by necessity.

Yet this new alliance stirs up ancient foes and a conflict too terrible to ignore. Despite Grayden’s inexperience and Marik’s skepticism, working together with Dalmir is their only option.

The fate of the world depends on it.

A clean gaslamp fantasy adventure filled with steadfast friendship, brotherhood, twisty politics, and epic airship battles.

Find it on Amazon!

About the Author

Come along with me on an epic adventure. We will face dragons (we might even ride them), we will pilot airships. We will battle villains. We will join a pirate crew. We will wield magical swords against the forces of evil.

And we will be home in time for dinner.

But we will not go home unchanged.

Fantastical adventures ahead! But be warned:

Safe Return Doubtful!


During the days, I wrangle four small hobbits and help them along on their adventures.

Basically, I’m Gandalf.

But come evenings, when the hobbits are sleeping… I become my alter-ego: PLOT WIZARD (still a wizard, just a different kind)… and adventures await in the pages I scribble upon.

I’m a dreamer, a relentless opener of doors in the hope of someday finding passage to Narnia, and story girl.

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