Published by Self published on Nov 22, 2010
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk
Format: eBook from Free Download
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Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.
Worse, Sicarius, the empire’s most notorious assassin is in town. He’s tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills… or someone wants her dead.
This was a fun, quirky steampunk read featuring a strong heroine. Amaranthe starts out as a good-guy all the way, and through some bad luck ends up on the wrong side of the law. She still has the best of intentions with a noble and good goal, however she is learning that sometimes rules need to be bent.
As the leader of a motley group of guys, she is the heart of the story. Amaranthe has the ability to talk her way into and out of any situation, and can get almost anyone to do anything. For example, she somehow managed to talk the world’s best assassin into not just letting her live, but also into joining her crew and helping her out.
The dialogue in this book is great. It feels real with the various characters bickering and provoking each other. Amaranthe’s smooth-talking is amusing and believable. She could totally talk me into anything.
Overall, I was surprised at how quickly this story drew me in. It has steampunk and fantasy elements, but it’s more of an adventure story than anything else. The characters are a crazy crew, and I want to see what adventures, and misadventures, they get up to next.