Finder Keepers, by Jeremy Hicks and Barry Hayes is a fantasy novel about treasure-seeking gnomes and high fantasy piracy set against a world featuring a healthy mix of steampunk and magic.
Finder Keepers is, first and foremost, an action-packed fantasy novel more than a tour guide into the setting. From the very first page, the authors seek to grab the reader’s attention and maintain it, even as they throw their setting into high gear and largely succeed. I found the fight scenes to be well written and possessing an excellent flow, which is more than I can say for most fantasy books in the same category. Faltyr is an overall colorful world, fraught with danger and adventure and I believe that the authors do a great job of easing the reader into it without resorting to info dumping.
What I consider to be the novel’s weakest point, however, is in the scenes between the action. At times, I felt like these instances dragged on unnecessarily long before they segued into the next high-octane brawl, which I felt could turn any new readers away.
The cover art, done by Kevin Fotovich, is very well done from an artistic standpoint, but in my opinion, does not convey the magitech fueled adventure within.