Tangle of Thorns by Lorel Clayton *Review
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Lorel Clayton will be on tour April 6-13 with the novel Tangle of Thornes
When Eva’s brother is murdered in a city of rude elves and matriarchal dwarves where humans have no rights, she is forced to investigate the crime herself. What she discovers brings her up against a powerful slave-trading cartel, dark gods, and—worst of all—her twin sister. Both her family and the elven authorities want her hushed. She has no money and no magic of her own with which to combat them, but she does have an illegally-freed slave, a senile nanny, and an ex-almost-boyfriend on her side. Even when she nearly loses her job and almost loses her head in a sword fight on the same night, she isn’t deterred. It’s when the nanny goes missing that she really starts to worry.
Femme fatale turns hard-boiled investigator in this first Eva Thorne novel. Set in a fantasy world where magic and machines can’t stand against the God of Death, humans are on the run from the god’s invasion. Highcrowne is the only refuge, but that means living in the Outskirts of an ancient city ruled by Avian mages, indifferent dwarves, and elves who’d prefer to see humans as their slaves. It’s worst for Eva’s people, Solhans, because they were the ones who summoned the Dead God into the world. No one wants her kind in Highcrowne and there are plenty who would be happy to see her brother dead. There are too many motives and not enough time to unravel them, because other people are dying … and Eva is fast running out of vacation time.
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Eva wanted nothing more than to find her brothers killer and get revenge for his death, and she’ll do whatever it takes to figure things out. She’s not a detective but she’ll follow whatever clues she can find even when it leads her to places she was afraid to go. She finds herself in the company of a slave who she bought from auction then illegaly release her magical bond, a senile nanny who confuses her for her evil twin sister and a love triangle of three men fighting for her love, or are they…. Will she figure out who killed her brother? Does she fall into the family’s fate/curse of evil? Read it!
I absolutely loved this book. Great mix or paranormal/mystery/ romance. The plot was well written and the scenes very depictive. I love the scene of Eva walking into the bookstore in shambles. It made it seem like nothing she was doing was right and she couldn’t even keep the bookstore together. The scenes with Nanny and the ex slave are great and made me giggle.
Mystery/paranormal/sci fi/ thriller