Prince Jimuro is trying to get home safely, to claim the throne to his kingdom following the death of his mother, the previous Steel Lord. Sergeant Tala is trying to escort him there, but they face opposition on all sides, including Princess Xiulan who would rather present Jimuro to her father as a prisoner, and her partner, a criminal named Lee. But Xiulan and Lee aren’t the only ones trying to get to the prince before he can secure his throne, also on their tail is an abomination – a splintersoul with hundreds of shades at his command, and no problem with murdering anyone who gets in the way.
My main takeaway from the book is that, despite the length (500+ pages), the plot is not very detailed at all. Essentially, Jimuro is trying to get home, and various different people are trying to stop him. The reason for the length of the book is that we’re following so many different characters at once, so the plot progresses very slowly. Having said that, it is by no means boring. There is a ton of action and drama, and plenty of comedy to go with it, provided mainly by the witty, sarcastic leading women.
It was brilliant to see so many strong female characters crammed into one book, but I did feel that they were all quite similar. I would have loved to see some more range between the women, but they did all have detailed and original origin stories, at least.
Overall, Steel Crow Saga is certainly not the best fantasy adventure novel I’ve read, but not the worst either.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.