October 11, 2019

#BookReview: Steel Crow Saga Paul Krueger


Synopsis: Four destinies collide in a unique fantasy world of war and wonders, where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters in battle.

A soldier with a curse
Tala lost her family to the empress’s army and has spent her life avenging them in battle. But the empress’s crimes don’t haunt her half as much as the crimes Tala has committed against the laws of magic... and her own flesh and blood. 

A prince with a debt
Jimuro has inherited the ashes of an empire. Now that the revolution has brought down his kingdom, he must depend on Tala to bring him home safe. But it was his army who murdered her family. Now Tala will be his redemption—or his downfall.

A detective with a grudge
Xiulan is an eccentric, pipe-smoking detective who can solve any mystery—but the biggest mystery of all is her true identity. She’s a princess in disguise, and she plans to secure her throne by presenting her father with the ultimate prize: the world’s most wanted prince.

A thief with a broken heart
Lee is a small-time criminal who lives by only one law: Leave them before they leave you. But when Princess Xiulan asks her to be her partner in crime—and offers her a magical animal companion as a reward—she can’t say no, and soon finds she doesn’t want to leave the princess behind.

This band of rogues and royals should all be enemies, but they unite for a common purpose: to defeat an unstoppable killer who defies the laws of magic. In this battle, they will forge unexpected bonds of friendship and love that will change their lives—and begin to change the world.


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About the Author: Paul Krueger is a Filipino-American author. His first novel was the urban fantasy Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge. A lapsed Chicagoan, he may now be found literally herding cats in Los Angeles.

Rating: 🌟🌟
My Review: I LOVED Krueger's first title!! It was one of my favs but this one unfortunately was not.  The cover was pretty and was what caught my attention.  This one started off really good but as the story went on it almost felt like the author lost interest in the story itself.  For me I just got bored. Sadly a lot of this title was bogged down with things we just didn't need. I think that played a large part in me getting bored with the story.  The four POVs just didn't mesh well for either.  I felt like if it would have been less it would have worked out a little better as well.  This just seemed like a mess. 




“It’s only Paul Krueger’s second book and already he’s writing fantasy like a master. Steel Crow Saga is fun, funny, thrilling, heartbreaking, and, above all else, something only Krueger could’ve written.” —Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers
 
“Inventive, action-packed, and set in an Asian-inspired world that feels both fresh and familiar: This is a book I’ve always wanted but never had until now.” —S. Jae-Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Wintersong and Shadowsong

“You’re going to love cheering for these characters as they fight for honor, love, family, and country. This world of steel and souls completely transported me. It’s a hexbolt to the heart.”—Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of A Plague of Giants and The Iron Druid Chronicles
 
“A rollicking adventure that wears its heart on its sleeve, and a joyful ode to its anime influences.”—Emily Skrutskie, author of Hullmetal Girls
 
“An incredible voice, an amazing conflict, and a hot mess of emotions . . . Krueger has taken one earth-shattering step and a thousand stories will grow in his footprint.”—Sam Sykes, author of Seven Blades in Black









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