Wendy Magdalena Braca’s privileged upbringing in a Victorian mansion under three moons in Jupiter City comes to a screeching halt upon her mother’s murder and her father’s untimely demise.
Kicking and screaming, she is shipped off to Greenleaf Asylum for Troubled Girls, where she is interred for years until her ”rescue” by a strange guild that opens Wendy’s eyes to a new world - one teeming with intrigues, double crossings, and strange alliances. It is the world of Guild Assassins, made up of the Cæcus (normal humans), the Validus (magic-users), and Half-Breeds (demi-gods).
Though her head reels, Wendy is made of sterner stuff. She adjusts - up until she discovers she is the most special and powerful Validus known to exist, the Curse Breaker. Now that, at least, has to be a crock of you know what. Hasn’t it?
I picked up this book for review from Curiosity Quills Review back in September, It took me a while to get through it between work schedules and kids schedules.
I normally don't read a lot of steampunk novels but I really liked the premise of the story line so I thought I would give it a go.
Wendy is introduced in the story as a young girl who happens upon her mothers body after she has been brutally murdered. With no other suspects Wendy is tried and convicted for her mothers murder and then placed into a psychiatric hospital where she is physically assaulted by the doctors with the help of some of the male staff. This is where we see the manifestation of some her powers. After an attempted kidnapping she is rescued by a group of people that explain to her what she really is and her importance to their world.
Through Training she learns to harness her powers and becomes enveloped in the lives of her housemates. She obsessed with finding out the identity of her mothers killer, as she wrestles with the nightmares caused by her past traumas and the morality of being apart of an assassin's guild and what that means for her future.
I enjoyed the story it played out a little more like a sci fi novel for me with steam punk elements, It drove me crazy how the people in her life that rescued her and where there to help her were not always honest with her, and kept breaking her trust. She is a complex character one with a lot of faults as she tries to navigate her way in a world that is not what she believed filled with cloak and daggers mystery and intrigue. The flow of the novel was good for me a lot of action to keep you interested. some of the character interactions didn't quite make sense for me but over all the world the Kerr created was interesting and kept me going. I would love to see how the story plays out in the next installments.
I gave this book a 3 out 5 star rating
Reviewers : Kathy & Di
Kathy :I love to read. I learned to read at a really early age and was never without something to read growing up. Reading is a cheap easy vacation, when you can become so engrossed in what you are reading that you can see, smell, hear and taste everything in your minds eye. I'm just a ordinary girl living life one page at a time.