Friday, 1 June 2012
Babylon Steel by Gaie Sebold
Today's review is by guest reviewer Noreen from Noor's Views.
Babylon Steel, ex-sword-for-hire, ex-other things, runs the best brothel in Scalentine; city of many portals, two moons, and a wide variety of races, were-creatures, and religions, not to mention the occasional insane warlock.
She's not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, women in the trade are being attacked, it's tax time, and there's not enough money to pay the bill. So when the mysterious Darask Fain offers her a job finding a missing girl, Babylon decides to take it. But the missing girl is not what she seems, and neither is Darask Fain. In the meantime twomoon is approaching, and more than just a few night's takings are at risk when Babylon's hidden past reaches out to grab her by the throat
I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it was different to the books I have read recently, the heroine is a badass but also has a more vulnerable, protective side. Her life experiences have made her who she is; unlike some books where the characters wants for nothing, our heroine finds it difficult to make ends meet to run her business (which by the way is a brothel).
The story has a lot of potential and the main characters are endearing, but I found it was at times difficult to follow, too much was going on at the the same time. It felt as if you blink and something has happened and you missed it!
There was too much description of even the most minor characters, what they did or where they were from and which sometimes caused you could lose the plot, literally! I think two books worth of story was crammed into one book as there was a lots happening it can come a bit confusing keeping everything straight.
I give it a 3 stars but don't recommend it to anybody who hasn't read a sci-fi/fantasy novel before, it can become a little confusing, but don't put it down after a few chapters it is worth the read. Skipping pages is also out of the question as you will miss what is happening. All in all lots of potential and not a bad read.