For Llew, a young pickpocket who lives on the streets of a Wild-West mining town, the real problems begin when she survives the gallows. Forced to run, she persuades a group of fighters escorting a young girl to her wedding to let her travel with them across the badlands. On the journey Llew faces hostile tribesmen, desperate bandits, and the enmity of her own companions should they find out who and what she is: a girl, a fugitive, and a feared Healer. One of the fighters, Jonas, possesses superhuman prowess as a warrior, and carries the knife able to 'kill the unkillable'; the knife that can kill Llew. Despite being of races at war for centuries, they are drawn to one another.
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Western meets Fantasy in this book by Howell. But I was infuriated by Llew, why do characters that seem so strong and confident go and do such stupid thing. She really annoyed me. Her relationship with Jonas seemed too rushed for my liking, they then both annoyed me by doing stupid things. It seemed to be a theme for doing stupid things and me knowing that it was going to come back on them eventually.
The steampunk link is weak which is a shame and I wasn't particularly won over by the characters (see above) BUT I really loved how everything was written, this beautiful world that you could picture with ease. I hope there is going to be another book as I have questions that need answering... I want to know more about the history before all of this happened!
Even though the characters annoyed me I still read through this fairly quickly and I do want to know more. Strangely addictive. Weird.