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The exiled commodore ThratiaBut in the middle of his scheme a face changer known as a doppel starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder And with this sudden power vacuum Thratia can solidify her power and wreak hav. With a promise of fantasy con artists a desert oasis an exiled commodore a murderous doppel and a stolen airship I knew I had to give Steal the Sky a read It sounded like a lot of fun and that was exactly what I wanted to kick off the new year I am pleased to say that Megan E O Keefe delivers on that fun and does so with a great degree of characterization and world building than I expectedThe city of Asana it is one of the imaginative places I ve come across in fantasy Here is a port town situated in the middle of an inhospitable inaccessible desert oasis Cut off from the rest of the world by the sands of the Scorched Earth it s also separated from the selium mines by the volcanic glass of the Black Wash It s a place ripe for intrigue and its role in the politics of the world is almost diametrically opposed to its role in the economy What s O Keefe makes smart use of it especially in exploring how people wrest luxury from barren despairAt the core of the story is a mysterious element known as selium around which the entire novel revolves It s an ambitious MacGuffin and I worried at times that O Keefe was spreading it too thin but it works Dangerously volatile magical and lighter than air selium is mined from the volcanic caves and caverns around the desert oasis of Aransa It s the commerce around which the city runs it fuels the steampunk airships it drives the scandalous life of Detan Honding and it forms the basis of magic with doppels using it to reshape their faces and cast illusionsUnfortunately as cool as that magic is it s also the weakest part of the plot I liked Pelkaia and appreciated the way her revenge schemes wove themselves into the story but there was no real suspense to her illusions Time and time again a character would step into a scene do something completely against their nature and instead of making you wonder what was going on I just shrugged it off as another of her impersonations There was potential there to be sure but it felt like O Keefe wasn t uite sure how to play herThat issue aside the other characters are fantastic Detan and Tibs are a fun pair of crooks to follow good natured scoundrels than villains In fact it is Detan s sarcastic tongue in cheek narration that makes the story to entertaining Watch Captain Ripka Leshe was a than worthy foil and reluctant accomplice to their schemes ex Commodore Thratia Ganal is the kind of villain who just seems to get a little darker and a little violent with each new revelation Even the secondary characters are memorable so much so that you start looking forward to how and where they ll slip back into the taleIf you re a fan of old school sword and sorcery enjoy rooting for the Han Solos and Malcolm Reynolds of the world and appreciate the mix of witty dialogue and slow burning adventure Steal the Sky is well worth a read Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins Disclaimer I received a complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review consideration This does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my review

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Steal the Sky The Scorched Continent #1

Oc against the Empire But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade He has to be careful there’s a reason most people think he’s dead And if his dangerous secret gets revealed he has a lot to worry about than a stolen airship. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewAn interesting world with a lot of background remaining to be discovered and characters that all hide depth than one would think at first However I found the story itself somewhat confusingIt starts with an offer that our main thiefconman character Detan Honding is in no position to refuse coming from the very captain of the Watch A strange reuest steal the newfangled airship of ex Commodore Thratia an exile from the the Valathean empire infamous for her ruthless methods Soon enough though Detan and Tibal his friend and associate realise they may be out of their depth here and that the players involved aren t so easy to thwartA lot of things revolve around selium a strange gas found on the Scorched Continent that can only be manipulated by sel sensitive people Privileged in a way but slaves in many others they have no other choice than to work in the selium mines regular people won t be their friends if their shirk their duty those who lose their skill are forced into retirement and those with deviant talents are sooner or later captured and experimented upon by the Valathean whitecoats Not such very enthralling prospects As for criminals in Aransa the mining city where the story is set they can choose to die by the axe or to walk the Black aka letting the scorching sun of the obsidian desert kill them in a matter of minutes if they re luckyThere s a lot seemingly going on behind the scenes Valathea for instance with its blend of refinement and cruelty I couldn t help but envision a mix between Roman and Chinese civilisations in terms of conuest and clothing with airships and an elite corps of scientists bent on dissecting people with sel related abilities The Scorched had a Far Westunconuered land vibe in some ways perhaps because of the whole desert thing and of how it tried to remain out of Valathea s influence but could feel it pressing down closer and closer Additionally many characters appear simple at first Detan is a conman Ripka the loyal Watch captain Thratia a ruthless manipulator who won t hesitate to kill people the doppel a mysterious killer with a single goal yet soon show signs of being than meet the eye with agendas and knowledge of their ownHowever while the world felt rich and provides enough ground to cover than one book in that regard the plot was a bit all over the place as if it couldn t decide what to focus on The expected heist stealing an airship wasn t so exciting nor given that much attention with our conmen being outclassed than actually able to properly work on it and with the story veering into murder investigation and revenge and intrigue and a few things This felt confusing than anything else I guess this is partly a case of it s not the book it s me I like heist stories but I like them with my burglarsconmen being able to have a marginal success at least Here both Detan and Tibs went from failure to failure with Detan losing his rogue charm and after a while I didn t really care any25 stars The setting remains interesting so I may check the next book if NetGalley or the library has it because the group at the end has potential for good adventures complete with an already existing dangerous enemy and with another potential antagonist looming in the background We ll see

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Detan Honding a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a uick escape They set their sights on their biggest heist yet the gorgeous airship of. Wow This one really exceeded my expectations great funStylistically Steal the Sky is like a mash up of Cherie Priest s Clockwork Century series and Scott Lynch s Gentleman Bastards If you like either of those authors Megan O Keefe comes highly recommended She serves up a good mix of grit humor and excitementThe world is steampunk with a sword and sorcery feel A mining town at the foot of an unstable volcano is devoted to the pursuit of extracting selium a lighter than air and volatile substance which is used to power just about everything Those who are sensitive to the sel can locate it and also if strong use it to accomplish feats that are near magical including disguising themselvesOur antihero is Detan Honding a wastrel scion of a once noble house now well known to law enforcement as a thief and a rogue Of course he s got a clever sidekick Tibal who s there to extricate him from his scrapes Naturally there are hints of past tragedies to elicit sympathy for his plightsWhen a military woman Thratia attempts a political coup Detan finds himself in an unlikely alliance with the upstanding Watch Captain Ripka But is the woman he s made promises to really Ripka or a sinister doppel who s suspected of multiple murders Several different agendas clash in a fast moving action filled tale set in an imaginative worldMany thanks to NetGalley and Angry Robot for the opportunity to read As always my opinions are solely my own


10 thoughts on “Steal the Sky The Scorched Continent #1

  1. says:

    This was an interesting fantasy that had a bit of action intrigue mystery and humor It also had an interesting bunch of characters and a pretty cool fantasy world The nature of the magic gave this fantasy world a weird steampunk feel The action took place in the desert oasis city of Aransa The city is mining colony on the edges of the Empire The thing mined is the magical substance Selium Sel is the source that powers a lot of the

  2. says:

    This new fantasy novel had me in a twitter before I sat down to read it I expected a steampunk fantasy tome and if I'm really honest with myself I always want to like steampunk than I ever truly doIn fact I almost pre judged this one

  3. says:

    Wow This one really exceeded my expectations great funStylistically 'Steal the Sky' is like a mash up of Cherie P

  4. says:

    With a promise of fantasy con artists a desert oasis an exiled commodore a murderous doppel and a stolen airship I knew I had to give Steal the Sky a read It sounded like a lot of fun and that was exactly what I wanted to kick off the new year I am pleased to say that Megan E O'Keefe delivers on that fun and does so with

  5. says:

    35 stars The characters are definitely the highlight in this book and almost outshine the actual story The worldbuilding is a really creative desert steampunk that felt completely different

  6. says:

    This book is an absolute blast It mixes up magic and steampunk shenanigans in the style of Firefly Detan is a lovable rogue with snarky wit and a huge secret The world building here is phenomenal It's steampunk as far as airships and

  7. says:

    The only thing stranger than making a deal with the Watch Captain of Aransa to steal the best ship in the realm is finding out you may have just

  8. says:

    35 starsSteal the Sky was an entertaining Fantasy caper featuring two likeable rogues in Detan and Tibs All the characters were engaging ; the villains were suitably villainous and our heroes were reluctantly er well heroic A good series for fans of Locke Lamora to indulge in while we wait for The Thorn of Emberlain to

  9. says:

    I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewAn interesting world with a lot of background remaining to be discovered and characters that all hide depth than one would think at first However I found the story itself somewhat confusingIt starts with an offer that our main thiefconman character Detan Honding is in no position to refuse coming from the very captain of the Watch

  10. says:

    The story has great characters and witty dialog The story itself I thought was kind of weak The character names were confusing and were hard for me to followThe audiobook is well doneI'm not sure if I will read the next book in the series