Narrated by: Starla Huchton
Published by Self published on Jun 10, 2011
Genres: Adult, Humour, Steampunk
Format: Audiobook from Free Download
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It’s been three months since former enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon and the notorious assassin Sicarius thwarted kidnappers and saved the emperor’s life. The problem? Nobody knows they were responsible for this good deed. Worse, they’re being blamed for the entire scheme. With enforcers and bounty hunters stalking them, and the emperor nursing a personal hatred for Sicarius, it’s going to be hard to earn exoneration.
When Amaranthe’s team discovers mutilated bodies in the city aqueducts and a mysterious illness incapacitates thousands of citizens, she and Sicarius see an opportunity to solve the mystery and prove their loyalty. But they’ll have to defeat vengeful shamans, man-eating predators, and deadly mechanical constructs, all while dodging imperial soldiers who would rather kill them than accept their help.
Nobody said exoneration would be easy.
This was a fun and humourous adventure story that feature a lovable cast of misfits. Picking up not long after the first book ends, the crew is out to try to generate some good will in their effort to clear their names. Amaranth is sure it won`t be too hard to start the good word flowing, but the crew seems to be a magnet for trouble.
The highlight of the story is the characters. They each have fully formed personalities, and are quite distinct from each other. Together, they form an amusing, highly disfunctional, yet very tight family. Their bickering and snipping at each other is the main source of entertaining in the story, along with every time Amarnath tries to talk them into or out of a situation. Her way with words is astounding.
I listened to the audiobook version of this story, and there were a few issues. The production of the audiobook was quite rocky in the beginning. The narrator’s breathing was audible, and the spacings were a little odd. It made for a slightly awkward listen, but it got better as the story progressed. The narration itself was quite well done, with a good variation in tone and excitement to match the story.
Overall, this was a fun story that while taking place in a steampunk world, was much more about adventure and camaraderie. This was a good addition to the series, and I’m loving the romance that is slowly developing. I can’t wait to see where it goes next.