What a nice end to a rubbish day in the office, another ARC has graced my virtual doormat in the form of Sebold’s Dangerous Gifts. Thank you, lovely Solaris.
“Gaie Sebold’s brilliant female character, Babylon Steel, returns in January – but has the warrior-turned-brothel-owner taken on a job too far?
Babylon has been offered a job. Two jobs, really: bodyguard to Enthemmerlee, a girl transformed into a figure of legend and spy for the barely-acknowledged government of Scalentine. A prime target for assassination, Babylon must somehow turn Enthemmerlee’s useless household guard into a fighting force, while dodging the oppressive Moral Statutes. All of which would be hard enough, were she not already distracted by threats to both her livelihood and those dearest to her…
Witty and fresh, Babylon Steel was the most exciting fantasy debut in years. With Dangerous Gifts, Sebold returns to her fascinating heroine and delves further into Babylon’s world of pleasure and business with a novel that will appeal to fans of action, fantasy, and pure adventure!”
I’m ashamed to confess that Babylon Steel is one of those books I always mean to read but never seem to get around to. And now I have a good reason to rectify that asap, as my OCD means I can’t possibly read any series out of order! I’m on a day off tomorrow, and off into town with my son which means a bookshop run is on the cards, so I’ll pick Steel up and lost myself in some strong female characters this weekend, perfect 🙂
“Babylon Steel, ex-sword-for-hire, ex… other things, runs The Red Lantern, the best brothel in the city. She’s got elves using sex magic upstairs, S&M in the basement and a large green troll cooking breakfast in the kitchen, and she’d love you to visit, except…
She’s not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, girls are disappearing, and if she can’t pay her taxes, Babylon’s going to lose the Lantern. She’d given up the mercenary life, but when the mysterious Darask Fain pays her to find a missing heiress, she has to take the job. And then her past starts to catch up with her in other, more dangerous ways.”