by Lilith Saintcrow
Emma Bannon, Prime sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn’t much help that they dislike each other, or that Bannon’s Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen. In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.
The game is afoot…
I tried reading some of Lilith Saintcrow's books last year, whilst on holiday. The book I tried reading was Strange Angels, which is the first in her YA series, but I only managed to get about 30% of the way through before I decided that I was bored, and gave up. I hadn't thought that I'd want to read any more books by this author, until I saw this on the shelves at work.
I have recently gotten much more interested in Steampunk (especially after reading Soulless by Gail Carriger), so this one has definitely caught my interest, despite not getting on with her other books. It's also an adult novel, so I'm hoping that the written style will be a little different, and that I will get on with this one better.
I have almost bought it several times now, so I don't think it's going to be too long until I give in, and add it to my collection.
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