This is the second Babylon Steel novel and once again it’s a triumph. Seabold’s Madam of the Red Lantern & sword for hire Babylon is, as usual, mixed up in political intrigue she could do without and with her loyalties split between her people and the client. Still money talks and Babylon needs it, urgently.
Babylon manages to blend tough as nails warrior and deeply sensual and sexual woman without either making her less of the other. She’s a great example of being what you want to be and what’s right for you. I don’t normally give much thought to gender politics in books, but if you cast you main characters in a whore house it’s hard to ignore. Seabold got it right.
I love this series not just for that though, but for the intrigue, the action, the wonderful full entertaining characters, the sheer joy of it really. I settled down with this at Christmas and flew through it. Strongly recommended if you like the feel of Urban Fantasy but want something a little different.