The Friday Review - The Mercenary by Cornelia Grey
My knowledge of steam punk amounted to one short story when I picked up this little gem--now I'm a die hard fan, as I am of Cornelia Gray's gorgeous writing. What a wild ride! The Mercenarycombines so many different genres into one fast-paced page-turner. I would have loved to stay longer in this well conceived futuristic society, learning more about Asher and Gabriel and the world they live in. In particular, I want to know more about the Tamers. The action sequences got my pulse to racing, and the scene of the two heroes in the back room at a bar positively sizzled. I loved Athena, the clockwork owl.And that cover! Whoa! Gorgeous. Craving a shorter read that incorporates action, shades of steampunk, and fantastic world-building? Pick upThe Mercenary.