STEAL THE SKY
Trouble at t’pit
released 7 January 640 pages | Paperback/ebook Author Megan e O’Keefe Publisher angry robot
Too often genre novels are weighed down with detail, which makes Steal The Sky really refreshing. It’s set in a desert city, next to a volcano being mined for “selium”, a lighter-than-air substance, and there’s an empire looming in the background, but you’re never fed masses of information on society, customs or whatever. Megan O’Keefe has clearly put a lot of effort into worldbuilding, but she doesn’t feel the need to show it all off; everything you need to know, you learn through the characters.
They, too, are kept to a minimum, the main ones being watch captain Ripka, who’s searching for rogue shapeshifter Pelkaia, who compels itinerant scallywags Tibs and Detan (the latter actually a fugitive lord) to help her take revenge on the power-hungry, exiled Commodore Thratia. As their schemes intertwine, you discover more about them and their world, but never at the expense of the tightly-written, engaging story.
There’s plenty of action, but the politics and intrigue are also neatly done and believable, as what starts out as a simple act of revenge uncovers plots that could affect an entire continent. A really enjoyable read.