A fantasy thriller about a supernatural assassin and a city on the brink of collapse.
Waxillium Ladrian, nobleman and former bounty hunter, has a very proper fiancee and a very above-board position as a kind of consultant to the city’s constabulary that allows him to continue his pursuit of justice while living his mostly very civilized life. But even with all his experience, and with the help of his friend and partner from the uncivilized Roughs, Wayne, and his fiancee’s beautiful sister, Marasi, who’s now a bona fide constable, he may not be ready for the next challenge facing the city of Elendel. There’s a killer stalking the streets, a killer who can move too fast to be seen—and with the city already teetering on the edge of unrest, a single spark could set this civilization ablaze. Like Sanderson's last book, The Alloy of Law (2011), a spinoff of his Mistborn series, this follow-up wrestles with questions of law and justice in a world that, like our own 19th century, is experiencing rapid change. In this volume, the questions get bigger as our heroes struggle to figure out their places in the system of divine justice. This book deals far more than its predecessor with its world’s complicated mythology, but the action never lets up, and the characters never lose their endearing humanity.
A fast-paced fantasy adventure set in a fascinating world and populated with lovable, memorable characters.