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Dangerous Gifts: A Babylon Steel Novel (edition 2013)

by Gaie Sebold

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Title:Dangerous Gifts: A Babylon Steel Novel
Authors:Gaie Sebold
Info:Solaris (2013), Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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Rollicking good fantasy

Babylon Steel, tough ex-mercenary and owner of the exclusive Scarlet Lantern brothel is tempted away to a city on the verge of civil war to act as a bodyguard/spy for the most explosive local candidate who is just trying to being peace.

Sequel in the fantastic fantasy adventure series with the hugely engaging, refreshingly modern, kick-ass Babylon Steel whose money troubles drag her into fun adventure, this time outside her home portal city of Scalatine. The pacing is spot on and this time round the plot fits together very nicely and since Sebold's characters are superb I had a lot of fun.

It does take place away so lack of the old cast but the world of portals is fun to explore and nicely linked to the previous book, whilst managing to standalone. I do recommend you read them in order though, for full effect.

I am really looking forward to next one, future plots have been teasingly displayed and I love spending time there. Recommended to all lovers of fantasy and adventure. ( )
  clfisha | Aug 6, 2013 |
Babylon Steel returns in a second adventure this time travelling to a country on the verge of a civil war as a bodyguard to a candidate for the ruling council who is a prime target for assassination. Her gut tells her that it’s a job she’d be better off avoiding as she is joined by the morally ambiguous Darask Fain (who is not happy to be along for the ride at all) and a barely competent scholar/mage. This time round Sebold doesn’t tell two stories and the book is better for it, as well as the fact that Sebold has obviously improved her craft. I enjoyed Babylon Steel, I loved this sequel even unto staying up late to finish it when the second half of the book got gripping. The world building is deft and enough is revealed to show that there is a lot more to it than meets the eye and I hope to find out more in subsequent books. Steel is a good protagonist, she has an interesting backstory (revealed in the first book so no spoilers here) is a sell sword when circumstances dictate and the owner of the Scarlet Lantern brothel with a vigorously healthy attitude to sex. Scalentine is a place where many portals to other worlds occur and is therefore an interesting place. Many characters recur from the first book and there are hints of an ongoing plot which will no doubt be explored in further books. I for one am looking forward to exploring Scalentine in the company of Babylon Steel again in the future.

Overall – Fun fantasy series, well written and recommended ( )
2 vote psutto | Jan 8, 2013 |
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Babylon Steel, former avatar of the goddess of sex and war, owner of the Scarlet Lantern brothel, has been offered a job as a bodyguard and as a spy. Keeping both herself and her client alive is a hard job that only gets harder. And that's before she is driven to a choice that has far-reaching consequences.… (more)

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