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Dangerous Gifts: A Babylon Steel Novel [Kindle Edition]

Gaie Sebold
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Book Description

Babylon Steel, owner of the Red Lantern brothel – and former avatar of the goddess of sex and war – has been offered a job. Two jobs, really: bodyguard to Enthemmerlee, a girl transformed into a figure of legend... and spy for the barely-acknowledged government of Scalentine. The very young Enthemmerlee embodies the hopes and fears of many on her home world of Incandress, and is a prime target for assassination.

Babylon must somehow turn Enthemmerlee’s useless household guard into a disciplined fighting force, dodge Incandress’s bizarre and oppressive Moral Statutes, and unruffle the feathers of a very annoyed Scalentine diplomat. All of which would be hard enough, were she not already distracted by threats to both her livelihood and those dearest to her...

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About the Author

Gaie Sebold works for a charity, reads obsessively, gardens amateurishly, and sometimes runs around in woods hitting people with latex weapons. She has won awards for her poetry and has published short stories. Born in the US, she has lived in the UK most of her life, Dangerous Gifts is her second Babylon Steel novel for Solaris.

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  • File Size: 770 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Solaris (January 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B7MIL9M
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5.0 out of 5 stars You just gotta love this character January 30, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I received this at my doorstep yesterday. I pre ordered it last month.
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 won't be disappointed. I sure haven't been.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Why? February 9, 2013
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I love the writer's Babylon Steel, she is a sassy brassy lady in the first novel, who I expected to enjoy more of in the second installment, but for some reason, she's not really the star of this book, a secondary character from the novel is.Babylon is indecisive, in the background, and relegated to falling in love in this definitely poorer second offering.Not what I expected, and am disappointed, though if there is a third book I will read it just to see if the sassy in your face heroine of the first one comes back. I hope so, she is ( or was) a pip.
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4.0 out of 5 stars solid follow up (3.5 stars) February 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The follow up to the excellent Babylon Steel which was a refreshing entry into the world of fantasy and a very entertaining debut from the author.
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review by Melanie at the Qwillery May 20, 2013
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Dangerous Gifts is the second book in the Babylon Steel series which takes our plucky heroine far away from her home and friends to Incandress in order to guard the new counselor Enthemmerlee. Tensions are mounting at home as humans create discord and shifters are being killed. No matter how much she would like to Babylon, finds she is unable to refuse the job despite wanting to stay at home to protect her friends and be with her boyfriend 'The Chief'. Political intrigues, shoddy soldiers plus a ban on anything sexy are big challenges for the former avatar of a god and owner of the best brothel in town.

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.
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More About the Author

Gaie Sebold was born in the USA but has lived in the UK since she was very small. She is still quite small, but older.
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.

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