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More About the Author
Her first published novel, 'Babylon Steel', came out from Solaris in 2012. The second in the Babylon Steel series, 'Dangerous Gifts', came out in 2013. A steampunk novel, 'Shanghai Sparrow', is due in 2014.
She has a number of short stories in current anthologies including the David Gemmell memorial anthology 'Legends' and the 'World War Cthulhu Fiction Anthology'.
Gaie occasionally hits people with latex swords and has been known to read poetry, in public, for money. She has had a number of jobs, none of them as much fun as writing or running writing workshops. The most interesting thing she ever had to do for a day job was travel on the Underground while carrying a 6 foot carriage whip and an artificial severed finger.
She lives with writer David Gullen and has a paranoid cat, a shaggy garden, and rather a lot of hats.
Top Customer Reviews
When we last left Babylon Steel she'd just saved the life of a young lady from another plane named Enthemmerlee. Who is to become a bridge of understanding between the two peoples of her world. Babylon also had just destroyed a number of Avatars of a couple of Gods. So does that mean we can call her Godkiller? Nah, but I digress. It seems things aren't exactly peaceful on Babylons world. Someone is trying to brew up resentment and hatred against the other various non human races that have come to inhabit it. For some very nasty reasons. She has been asked to be a temporary body guard for the girl, so that she can survive to become what she was meant to me. Babylon agrees and then discovers just how stupid other people can be about things as someone shortly tries to harm Enthemmerlee shortly after they arrive in Enthemmerlee's world. From there ensues, intrigue, and plots within plots. Told in an entertaining way...this a good rollicking tale...with a good bit of humor to it as well. It's going to be interesting in future novels to see how Babylon deals with some of the aftershocks of some of the situations in this story and some that stem from the first novel that play a role in this one as well.
As someone who has...admittedly become seriously picky about what he reads in that outside of stuff released by two specific publishing houses...I basically don't look at much else from other publishers unless the title or cover grabs my attention...I highly recommend this sequel to Babylon Steel. If you've not read Babylon Steel yet...order both Babylon Steel and Dangerous Gifts...you won't be disappointed. I sure haven't been.
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 catching up on. Probably best to read Babylon Steel first though...
Babylon herself, is an interesting character as she has quite the colourful past and an even more colourful job as a part time body guard, prostitute and brothel owner. Her sexual proclivities are quite subtle and it's almost as if Babylon pops into the office to type a few memos rather than going to `service' a few clients. I liked this about Sebold's writing style as the book could have veered towards erotica. Instead, sex was almost incidental to the story rather than the focus. I wasn't totally convinced with Sebold's portrayal of Babylon as a protector or body guard but like the sex in the story, action and violence played second fiddle to character interaction. Character development, especially of Babylon appeared to take priority for Sebold in this story although sometimes at the expense of the plot.
The plot was fairly typical with Babylon given the task of protecting Enthemmerlee and figuring out who would want to see her dead. I actually guessed who the `baddy' was quite early on but still enjoyed seeing how the plot would play out. I didn't feel I was stretched either with the plot or with the characters as the story just seemed to glide along.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good entertaining read don't really have more to say but have to to make a review submit able stupid rulePublished 21 months ago by reader
The book is witty, the characters well drawn, the world completely different from most fantasy novels, ( i am tiring of medieval type fantasy, though i still read what i think of... Read morePublished on October 24, 2013 by Elisheva N. Kaftal
These books feature a strong, commonsense, practical hero who doesn't suffer fools lightly. The action as snappy as Babylon Steel is sassy. Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Rooney Kelley
Enjoyed both stories, interesting line up of characters, I'm ready and
waiting for the next once to finally come out.