Publishing Date: March 2018
Publishers Description: The neighborhood of North Seleth has suffered–and not just the Holver Alley Fire. Poverty and marginalization are forcing people out of the neighborhood, and violence on the streets is getting worse. Only the Rynax brothers–Asti and Verci–and their Holver Alley Crew are fighting for the common people. They’ve taken care of the people who actually burned down Holver Alley, but they’re still looking for the moneyed interests behind the fire.
Review: This was labeled “Fantasy” as there is some magical instances with a mage of mercenary intent. Throw in alternate universe/Victorian steampunk mystery and you might have an apt description. Think olde London with Oliver Twist scarping about.
Asti Rynax has a crew, of sorts, that are seeking justice for a land grab that involved the burning of their homes. They are all fiercely loyal to the Rynax brothers of which the “whys” are never built upon and you wonder where this deep level of caring comes from. Helene seesaws back and forth from ardent supporter and caring crew mate, to shifting her outlook in order to serve her own livelihood. This inconsistent rendering paired much of the characterization a bit flat. The players are numerous and most are solidly built within a very fast paced environment.
Overall it was an enjoyable read, if a bit patterned with the damaged hero and the evil hottie spy protagonist shtick.