Dangerous Gifts: A Babylon Steel Novel Paperback – 31 Jan 2013
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Gaie Sebold was born in the US to an American father and English mother, and has lived in the UK most of her life. She now resides in that bit of South East London known as 'not as bad as New Cross.' She began writing shortly after learning to read, and has produced a large number of words, many of them different. She has worked as a cleaner (don't laugh, Mum), secretary, till-monkey, stage-tour-manager and editor, and now works for a charity and runs occasional writing workshops. She is an obsessive reader, enthusiastically inefficient gardener and occasional poet. She has a wonderful boyfriend, a paranoid cat and too much stuff. Find out more at www.gaiesebold.com
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I finally got around to reading this recently - the first book in the series is also brilliant and different and I was dead chuffed to discover there was a sequel out there. The characterisation, plot and descriptive language is excellent throughout and I immediately warmed to the heroine and her eclectic mix of bonkers friends (standard fantasy tropes are turned on their head with glee). Confession: I'm a massive prude and I immediately dislike books that purport to be SF/F but are actually all about the rumpy pumpy and very little else. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THOSE BOOKS. Given the profession and circumstances of the majority of the characters it's kinda inevitable that uglies are going to be bumped from time to time, but it's never gratuitous and always moves the plot along. The books also deserve a shout-out for the originality of the world-building and new ideas. I devoutly hope more follow up novels are in the pipeline.
This is the follow up and one I was very much looking forward to. The problem was always going to be that so many clever ideas had been packed into the first one, that a follow up was always going to be challenging. A warrior brothel owner, who is also a former avatar of a Goddess in a world that sits at the centre of many others....hard act to follow.
In this one Babylon steel is forced into taking a job as a bodyguard to Enthemmerlee (who we met in the first novel) as she takes her place on the council of Incandress, a 'world' on the brink of a racial civil war....
It's good stuff while not hitting the highs of the previous novel, partly because the story takes her away from her 'crew', but she is forced to ask for help that will probably have consequences in future books. But Babylon is a well written and strong female character and the author continues to be inventive, although there are some aspects of the book you need to be somewhat broad-minded for!
So a nice follow up and a series well worth catchin up on. Probably best to read Babylon Steel first though...
Not for anyone looking for wholesome characters due to the profession and attitude of Babylon.
Other than that, a fun read.
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