Wild and fast paced. This volume of Girl Genius has plenty of mad science and quick action. Tension. Fighting. Deception. And a whole lot of confusing story that somehow comes together in a way you can understand.
I haven't read the previous 9 volumes of Girl Genius. It is a well-known and popular series, and I wanted to see how the experience would go to pick up things from here. The first 30 pages were hard work to get through. The one-page write up of the story thus far was helpful, except that the story started with characters who weren't clearly referenced in this set-up material. Even so, if you stick to the story, you are rewarded with a fascinating piece of sci-fi. I found myself lost in the madness, and was satisfied as the book finished.