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.
A heroic fantasy novel in an age of steam. 105,000 words.
Very fun read. I had a hard time putting it down. The characters are well written and the mystery with their pasts keeps you reading. I can't wait for more from the author!
Couldn’t put it down!
There are no boring parts. I was engrossed throughout. A lot of action and intrigue! I love how these characters somehow all seemingly find greater purpose in life and come to care for each other like family. I like how Books becomes more brave and creatively smart and strong than expected. Good job! I could say a lot more but don’t want to give any spoilers.
Good read so far
Nice mix of “science” and tech. Interesting interplay between characters