The Sin in the Steel by Ryan Van Loan

The Fall of the Gods, Book 1

Synopsis: Heroes for hire. If you can pay.

Brilliant street-rat
Her mind leaps from clues to conclusions in the blink of an eye.

Buc’s partner-in-crime.

No. Not in crime–in crime-solving.

They’ve been hired for their biggest job yet–one that will set them up for a life of ease.

If they survive.

Buc and Eld are the first private detectives in a world where pirates roam the seas, mages speak to each other across oceans, mechanical devices change the tide of battle, and earthly wealth is concentrated in the hands of a powerful few.

It’s been weeks since ships last returned to the magnificent city of Servenza with bounty from the Shattered Coast. Disaster threatens not just the city’s trading companies but the empire itself. When Buc and Eld are hired to investigate, Buc swiftly discovers that the trade routes have become the domain of a sharp-eyed pirate queen who sinks all who defy her.

Now all Buc and Eld have to do is sink the Widowmaker’s ship….

Unfortunately for Buc, the gods have other plans.

Unfortunately for the gods, so does Buc.

Review: I must admit that the synopsis of this novel attracted me immediately. When I saw the mention of pirates, mages and detective, it didn’t take much to make me read it!

Buc and Eld are two acolytes who didn’t think they had to deal with blackmail. Indeed, captured in an unfortunate situation, they have no choice but to work for a powerful young woman who wants to understand why ships no longer return to port. Between that and death, our heroes quickly choose to leave in search of answers. Yet they may well discover a lot of trouble at the same time.

I had a great time with the story and our heroes. Buc is a smartass and Eld is more settled. They’re about to be thrust into a story that’s bigger than they are and attract the attention of the Gods. I was curious to see how they were going to cope and I must say the whole thing was very nice.

A new novel to discover!


5 thoughts on “The Sin in the Steel by Ryan Van Loan

  1. Most detectives in movies and on TV nowadays are members of police forces, and therefore have the power of the state behind them: manpower, CSI labs, and the ability to arrest. I’ve been interested in the concept of private detectives recently, so this might pique my interest.

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