When the high sovereign of the rapidly industrializing realm of Ghavarim is murdered by a mysterious assassin, the rulers of the five kingdoms of the Federation are plunged into a vicious power struggle. Jason Tern, a noble captain from the borderlands, must battle shadowy half-human assailants with limbs of brass and steel while untangling an ever-widening web of lies and intrigue to discover the true identity of the killer before mounting tensions spark a bloody civil war.
Meanwhile, Nilya Valsu, a brilliant army engineer running from a hidden past, finds herself used as an unwitting pawn in an explosive plot with deadly consequences. Wracked by guilt, her sole chance for redemption lies with a man who would loathe her - but only if he knew her secret.
As the conflict intensifies between the magic-fueled technology of the opulent Westerners and the disaffected rebels of the war-torn East, all must fight for what they hold dear. Who will control the mysterious source of magical energy that beats at the heart of Ghavarim? Who will seize the sprawling capital as the musket smoke wafts over the horizon? And when the rapiers are sheathed, who will lie bloodied on the ground in the light of a vanishing glow?
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Series shows promise
I really enjoyed some of the characters and enjoyed the world
I didn't really like the performance, several words were mispronounced.
I'll pick up the rest of the series when it comes out. There was a fair amount of world building preparing for future books that I think will pay off well.
Significantly reduced the time spent of the Female POV who spend too much time whining about a past romance.
It took a bit to set up the world but once it got going it was quite enjoyable and I look forward to future novels
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