If you like really good steampunk with really good characters navigating a really good world then The Fortune Chronicles by Kathleen McClure will be right up your alley.
Every one of the Fortune books i’ve read so far has left me really glad i bought it and always leaves me eagerly awaiting more. Kathleen is one of those writers who, once she’s got you started in a book, just ain’t gonna let you off the hook until the very last word. It’s just non-stop, gritty, character driven stuff with great world building that will keep you up late reading when you should be getting some sleep.
The Longest Shard is a really well written, fast paced novella giving us the full tale of Gideon Quinn’s time in Morton Barrens up to the time he leaves at the start of Soldier of Fortune. I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to have read it before Soldier of Fortune, so if you missed it and want some more Fortune and Gideon Quinn then jump straight into this as soon as finished Soldier of Fortune.
Seriously folks, if you like steampunk give Kathleen, Fortune and Gideon Quinn a chance: you won’t regret it.