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Steel Victory
     

Steel Victory

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by J.L. Gribble
 

One hundred years ago, the vampire Victory retired from a centuries-long mercenary career. She settled in Limani, the independent city-state acting as a neutral zone between the British and Roman colonies on the New Continent.

Twenty years ago, Victory adopted a human baby girl, who soon showed signs of magical ability.

Today, Victory

Overview

One hundred years ago, the vampire Victory retired from a centuries-long mercenary career. She settled in Limani, the independent city-state acting as a neutral zone between the British and Roman colonies on the New Continent.

Twenty years ago, Victory adopted a human baby girl, who soon showed signs of magical ability.

Today, Victory is a city councilwoman, balancing the human and supernatural populations within Limani. Her daughter Toria is a warrior-mage, balancing life as an apprentice mercenary with college chemistry courses.

Tomorrow, the Roman Empire invades.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/25/2015
Gribble’s debut, a blend of apocalyptic SF, alternate history, and the paranormal, shows promise despite a few flaws. In this time line, Rome never fell, and by the year 2094 C.E., America is primarily a nuclear wasteland. The independent city-state of Limani, home to the (mostly) retired vampire mercenary Victory, is caught between two warring international powers. One nation’s expansion plans threaten all Victory holds dear. The innovative combination of genres is appealing, and Gribble’s multiple story lines—invasion, anti-creature bias, and intercity politics—mesh very well together. Some too-polished narrative asides attempt to address every question a reader might have. The language is generally strong, but it gets a bit tin-eared when Gribble alludes to current events by having “humanists” refuse service to magic-users and creatures. This is a solid first effort that sets the stage for more installments in an intriguing world with complex characters. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935738732
Publisher:
Raw Dog Screaming Press
Publication date:
06/26/2015
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Steel Victory 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Before reading this book, I was convinced that the whole concept of Vampires in fantasy was thoroughly exhausted, and all too predictable. Author J. L. Gribble takes us in a different direction with her title character. Victory is a thousand-year-old vampire, but instead of belaboring what we already know about vampires, Gribble gives us a complete package; noble warrior, loving mother, dedicated partner and civic leader. The action in Steel Victory is shared by the title character’s adopted daughter Toria. Herself a burgeoning mercenary, Toria struggles to assert her own independence against her mother’s protective will. Of course, she is still a young adult, and needs her mother more she would probably care to admit. It is the classic coming-of-age story, which helps to ground the elements of fantasy. Against the backdrop of an alternative history where both the Roman and British Empires stoke their endless rivalry, Steel Victory is a crisp, well-crafted adventure with just enough details of modern life to lend a greater sense of familiarity. I am looking forward to future installments in this series.