I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. In some respects, this has been a lot more fun of a read than some of the novels I've read in recent years. I've enjoyed reading all of the books in the 1632 series, but some have a more light-hearted, fun-filled tone than others, even against a backdrop of war. This one was filled with fun. There's romance, adventure, airships, battles, airship battles, sieges, cavalry actions, and women in disguise. There's random acts of kindness, and some just desserts are served.
WARNING: Extremely minor spoilers follow in the next two paragraphs.
I have few complaints or criticisms, and they are fairly minor. First, I'm still not fully convinced that American attitudes would have penetrated quickly as far, wide, and deeply as they have in the series, particularly that as many autocratic monarch have been willing to accommodate as much sociopolitical changes as they have. Second, and it is a very minor thing, is that the Saxony/Silesia thread is something of a distraction; I suspect its presence in this novel was necessary to help keep the series moving along on some degree of synchronization.
These complaints should not keep you from rushing out to purchase a copy when it becomes available - or from purchasing the eArc now. As an eARC, it is of course not yet proofed