Narrated by: Starla Huchton
Published by Self published on Nov 10, 2011
Genres: Adult, Humour, Steampunk
Format: Audiobook from Free Download
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When you’ve been accused of kidnapping an emperor, and every enforcer in the city wants your head, it’s hard to prove yourself an honorable person and even harder to earn an imperial pardon.
That doesn’t keep Amaranthe Lokdon and her team of outlaws from trying. When athletes start disappearing from the Imperial Games, they may finally have an opportunity to show the emperor that they’re on his side. If she and her comrades can get to the bottom of such a public mystery, they’re sure to get the credit.
But plans go awry when Amaranthe’s own men start plotting against each other, the new ally she’d hoped to acquire tries to turn her in, and her best fighter—and closest friend—disappears.
Maybe getting involved wasn’t such a good idea after all…
Following shortly after book 2, this book starts slowly but builds to the fun and amusement that I’ve come to expect from this series. The plot sees the character spending quite a bit apart in small groups, and I found this lessened the excitement a bit. The characters are amusing, and a lot of that has to do with their interactions with each other.
In that vein, I totally adore Sicarius. Is it weird that my favourite character is the silent and deadly assassin? He’s the straight man to everyone else’s droll antics. Plus Amaranthe’s attraction to him is highly amusing as he gives little indication of his own feelings in return. There was one scene that had me squeeing though!
While the story started slow, the later half of the book saw much more action. The hook at the end that leads into book 4 was absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to find out what happens with that!
Like the last book, I listened to the audiobook version of the story. The production of this audiobook was far superior to the previous book, and made for an enjoyable listen. The narration is spot on, with appropriate levels of sarcasm coming through perfectly.
I really did enjoy this story, although the very slow start and broken up character groups makes me appreciate this story the least of the series so far. I am very excited about what is coming in book 4 though, so this is a series I will definitely be continuing.