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Best Left in the Shadows by Mark Gelineau and Joe King
Release date: November 15th, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
A Highside girl. Beaten. Murdered. Her body found on a Lowside dock. A magistrate comes looking for answers. For justice.
Alys trades and sells secrets among the gangs and factions of Lowside. She is a daughter of the underworld. Bold. Cunning. Free. When an old lover asks for help, she agrees. For a price.
Together, they travel into the dark heart of the underworld in search of a killer.
As you may have noticed, I really like the Echoes of the Ascended series Mark Gelineau and Joe King! The more of the novellas I read, the more complete the world of Aedaron is. While A Reaper of Stone focused on the marches, this novella examines class, poverty and the criminal underworld of the capital city, Resa. It reads like a gritty Victorian murder mystery with enough twists and turns to keep you excited to the very end, which is why I cannot wait for the second part.
I am really enjoying the strong and intelligent female leads crafted Gelineau and King. This novella follows Alys, a street wise thief and assassin who has been employed by Dax Ellis, a Magistrate Inspector, to find out who murdered a noble born woman. Alys and Dax have a history and throughout the story you get bits and pieces of what tore them apart and I really liked how they interacted with each other. The secondary characters were also quite interesting and well written. The authors do not waste words and their description of each character allowed me to fully visual each scene and further connected with the protagonists.
I highly recommend this novella and the series. I cannot wait for another adventure with Alys and to find out how exactly, or if at all, these stories are related.