Gaie Sebold Penning Sequel to Debut Novel ‘Babylon Steel’


Ex-mercenary turned brothel owner Babylon Steel is set to return in a second book, Dangerous Gifts written by Gaie Sebold.I’ll be honest I’ve never heard of Babylon Steel and when I started to read this news item I started to think “oh-no, sci-fantasy 50 shades of grey” however when I got past the first sentence, I realised that I might have missed out now on an exciting book that doesn’t shy away from gender politics.

I’m thinking I need to get up to date before February.

Publisher Solaris released Babylon Steel, Gaie Sebold’s debut novel back in January of this year and it seems to have done well enough for them to announce this sequel.

For those like me here’s the synopsis to the original book;

Ex-sword-for-hire Babylon Steel runs the best brothel in the city. She’s got elves using sex magic upstairs, S&M in the basement, a green troll cooking breakfast in the kitchen, and she’d love you to visit, except… she’s not having a good week. The Vessels of Purity are protesting against brothels, her girls are disappearing, and if she can’t pay her taxes she’s going to lose her business. Despite giving up the mercenary life, when the mysterious Darask Fain pays her to find a missing heiress, she has to take the job. And then her past starts to catch up with her in other, more dangerous ways. Witty and fresh, debut author Sebold delivers the most exciting take on the fantasy genre in years.

I have tweeted numerous times looking for a fantasy or sci-fi book with a strong lead female and somehow this has gone unmentioned.  It seems like this could be the series I have been waiting for.

The new book Dangerous Gifts is due out in February;

Babylon Steel runs the best brothel in Scalentine, city of portals. She’s escaped her past and it’s all going pretty well. Apart, that is, from the racial conflict and economic misery boiling up in Scalentine.

Her lover, Chief Bitternut of the City Militia, is trying to keep the lid on, while hunting a killer whose real target is a lot closer than he knows. Just as things are getting really tense, Babylon is forced to take another job.  Bodyguard to Enthemmerlee Entaire: symbol of hope or object of disgust for most of her country’s population, and a prime target for assassination, along with anyone who happens to be in the way. Such as her bodyguard.

Unintentionally dragging a very annoyed government employee along in her wake, Babylon struggles to turn Enthemmerlee’s squabbling household guard from liability into security, dodge the rigid Moral Statutes of Incandress, and keep both herself and her client alive.  She soon realises that the situation is far worse than she thought, her past hasn’t quite let go of her yet, and she will be driven to a choice that will have far-reaching consequences…

After reading these two synopsis I will be picking up a copy of the first book for my e-reader.

GS Reporter: Amy

Source: Solaris Books

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