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There's a huge division between the rich and the poor. The king, a despot who has set himself up as the only voice of law in the kingdom, has just married for the tenth time--the first nine wives having been executed for adultery.
Aya Cogsmith had a happy life with her father, until the day that he disappointed the king and was summarily executed. With no other family, she ended up on the streets, and eventually at The Rudder, a house ill repute doing the kind of work that "illed" the repute. Then, she gets an opportunity. A Lord approaches her with a plan to take down the king, and promises to help get back her father's old shop if she'll assist him in trapping the king.
Of course, it's more complicated than it seems on the surface. Not everyone's motivations are what they say they are. Some people's word is worth more than others. And Aya is risking her life, heart, and happiness on a chance for something better.
I really enjoyed this story. Aya was an intriguing and complicated woman, with believable motivations. Watching her navigate the intrigues of court life was fascinating, and allowed the author to show us the world without losing the story to the world-building, always a tricky balance in created-world stories like this one. There was a good balance of romance, mystery, and conspiracy. The bleakness doesn't overwhelm the hope, nor does it feel like the struggles of the characters are pushed aside too easily. Everyone, even the villains, is complex and nuanced. In this way it's a book with something for everyone.
If I have one complaint, it's that a surprise at the end was not a surprise to me. But it was a surprise to Aya--believably so--so it still worked.
Very interesting concept with mostly decent and at times good writing.
Book had an ending with enough curiosity in the world and the characters to desire and deserve another book.
Too frequently the writing falls to decent or worse. The word "smirk" is used overmuch (every other page or so, and while I get that everyone is supposed to be a snob, there are other words), as well as most females are "wrinkling their nose" about every other page.
First profanity didn't show up until 23% in and while not overabundant thereafter, I would have liked to have known about this up front.
Sexual content wasn't explicit, but was present and about 35% in was far more than I cared for. Again, I would have liked to have known about this up front.
Some of the decisions our protagonist makes aren't very smart and don't seem to be in her character (she is decently clever so when she makes dumb choices it's jarring).
I enjoyed the book for what it was, even with the flaws, and can't complain too much as I got it free; but with so many really good books out there more deserving of my time, I'll pass on reading the sequel.
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