by Kat Ross
(Gaslamp Gothic, #6)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: July 31st 2020
Genres: Adult, Fantasy,
A ridiculous quest.
And a hero with extremely dodgy credentials.
Christmas 1889. Count Balthazar Jozsef Habsburg-Koháry tries to lead a simple life.
Oh, he enjoys a few hobbies.
Collecting ancient Egyptian artifacts. Hunting necromancers with a wire garrote. Impersonating dead Hungarian nobility. Seducing an endless string of women who never suspect the price of the count’s attentions.
But considering what Balthazar used to be like, these pursuits are harmless. And surely he deserves a reward for assassinating the elusive necromancer John Mortlake in the middle of Cairo’s teeming bazaar. What could be better than a holiday cruise up the Nile with his secretary Lucas Devereaux?
There’s just one thing that might ruin his mood.
If, for example, someone stole the talisman that’s kept him alive for two thousand years.
That would really suck.
Unfortunately for Balthazar, he just killed the wrong necromancer – one with a vengeful daughter and huge debts to some very shady djinn. To get his mojo back, he and Lucas must find a legendary sword and liberate a desert kingdom of magical misfits. For centuries, the people of Al Miraj have sought a valiant champion willing to face the wrath of the arch demon Fulad-zereh!
What they get is Balthazar.
But the gods always did like a good joke.
If you are new to my blog you might not know just how much I love the books by Kat Ross. (I have read every single one of them except her debut Sci-fi story.) Some of the books… looks lovingly at her signed copy of Inferno… are my new favorite fantasy books. Some are just plain fun like most of the rest of the Gaslamp Gothic series, here’s my review for Dead Ringer. Her other new book this year book A Feast of Phantoms hasn’t yet been reviewed because I think it would break my heart to revisit that world without getting more of it YESTERDAY!
I’m a third of the way through Balthazar’s Bane and well life has been incredibly busy, and full lately. My reading time is very slim right now… but 🤞 my schedule for Aug isn’t as full as July’s was. I really need to find out how Balthazar’s going to get out of the fix he’s currently gotten himself into.
And have I told you how much I love the Balthazar character? If not go look at my post Mature Characters Matter: Why I Love Balthazar.
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