Detan Honding, a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue, has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa. He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a quick escape. They set their sights on their biggest heist yet—the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia.
But in the middle of his scheme, a face changer known as a doppel starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government. The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder. And with this sudden power vacuum, Thratia can solidify her power and wreak havoc against the Empire. But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions. Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful—there’s a reason most people think he’s dead. And if his dangerous secret gets revealed, he has a lot more to worry about than a stolen airship.
Worldbuilding: The world of Steal the Sky and Aransa particularly were very interesting, with the selium-sensitives and the magic feel of the doppels. Loved it!
Characters: I loved Daten. I truly loved the guy. He was more of an anti-hero, a rascal, and had an awesome sense of humor. Reminded me a bit of Captain Jack Sparrow, something about his spirit 😀 And I loooove Sparrow, so you can see why I loved Daten too xD
Other characters were interesting too, especially Pelkaia. I found her motives touching and a bit obsessive and she’s intriguing for sure. a sort of intense opposition to the light, playful air of Daten.
Most characters were charismatic and fun to follow.
Plot: I loved the story, it was eventful, pretty active without becoming too tiring (you know how I feel about agitated action, lol), and fun. I can’t say I electrified, but I was interested and invested in the story.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, from a couple POVs. I loved Daten’s voice particularly, and the writing was witty and fun.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – good impulsive buy candidate.
All in all, I recommend Steal the Sky to lovers of action adventure, fun, witty writing and interesting worlds. Also to anti-heroes, because Daten was a riot, he truly was.
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