The Sin in the Steel (The Fall of the Gods, #1)
A sparkling debut fantasy set in a diverse world, featuring dead gods, a pirate queen, shapeshifting mages, and a Sherlockian teenager determined to upend her society.Buc:Brilliant street-ratHer mind leaps from clues to conclusions in the blink of an eye.Eld:Ex-soldierBuc’s partner-in-crime.No. Not in crime―in crime-solving.They’ve been hired for their biggest job yet―one that will set them up for a life of ease.If they survive.Buc and Eld are the first private detectives in a world where pirates roam the seas, mages speak to each other across oceans, mechanical devices change the tide of battle, and earthly wealth is concentrated in the hands of a powerful few.It’s been weeks since ships last returned to the magnificent city of Servenza with bounty from the Shattered Coast. Disaster threatens not just the city’s trading companies but the empire itself. When Buc and Eld are hired to investigate, Buc swiftly discovers that the trade routes have become the domain of a sharp-eyed pirate queen who sinks all who defy her.Now all Buc and Eld have to do is sink the Widowmaker's ship….Unfortunately for Buc, the gods have other plans.Unfortunately for the gods, so does Buc.

The Sin in the Steel (The Fall of the Gods, #1) Details

TitleThe Sin in the Steel (The Fall of the Gods, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 21st, 2020
PublisherTor Books
Rating
GenreFantasy, Adventure, Pirates, Adult

The Sin in the Steel (The Fall of the Gods, #1) Review

  • Adam
    January 1, 1970
    Ryan Von Loan's The Sin in the Steel is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure about a wicked-smahht, pissed-off, teenage revolutionary and her damaged soldier friend who are hired by a massive trading corporation to find out why their ships are disappearing along an important trade route. Could it be mad mages? Pirates? Asshole, vengeful gods and their mad cult followers? Perhaps a combination of all three?Buc is gifted with genius intelligence but was given a shitty lot in life. An orphan, growing Ryan Von Loan's The Sin in the Steel is a thoroughly enjoyable adventure about a wicked-smahht, pissed-off, teenage revolutionary and her damaged soldier friend who are hired by a massive trading corporation to find out why their ships are disappearing along an important trade route. Could it be mad mages? Pirates? Asshole, vengeful gods and their mad cult followers? Perhaps a combination of all three?Buc is gifted with genius intelligence but was given a shitty lot in life. An orphan, growing up on the hard city streets, Buc learned how to wield knives and use her wits to stay alive. Her destitution and rebellious attitude evolved into arrogance and disgust for the way the world is: vengeful gods, nonsensical religions, corporate sleaze, and imperial politics around every corner. So she decided to make it her life’s mission to upend the status quo and change the world. Buc reminds of a sixteen-year-old Alexander Hamilton, if Hamilton were into stabbing and mayhem.Her companion Eld is a talented but despondent soldier with a tragic past and a deep hatred for magic after being dishonorably discharged from the military. He and Buc find each other at the right moment in time, pulling each other up by their bootstraps to form a strong bond of care and support with the same mission to accomplish: overturn the hierarchy responsible for the oppression that seeps through every pore of society.The book utlizes quite a bit of humor, but since this is mostly set in a world of pirates, it's not going to be Sesame Street jokes. I quite enjoyed the constant levity as well as the different magical engineering contraptions that were peppered through the story, but there are a couple of elements that prevented me from giving this book a higher score. First, Buc’s intelligence was often overshadowed by her total arrogance and kneejerk, poor decision-making. For someone who’s supposed to be so smart, it was tough to buy into her character completely. Even though she's only sixteen and is not expected to act as rational as she had planned, it still seemed a bit off that she was unable to hold back her temper or tongue and made everything much worse. This made her downright unlikeable at times. Also, many of her successful plans were circumstancial. She's more lucky -- incredibly, unbelievably lucky -- than a brilliant planner. She has a sharp memory, but I'm not sold on her being the Sherlock Holmes of this story.There was also a noticeable slowdown of pacing towards the back half of the book, and it took me about twice as long to get through it as the first half. The end, however, pulled the various strings together nicely. The story ends on a high note, and promises some very different, interesting perspectives for the next entry. There's some weird new dynamics -- in a good way -- and some new fish to fry. (Sailor's joke! Yarrrr.) So sharpen your poignards and buckle your swashes for some foul-mouthed, high seas, sacrilegious anarchy with your favorite teenage smartass and her soul-searching, shell-shocked best pal. Ryan Van Loan's has created a world thick with intrigue in his debut novel and I get a sense that the best is yet to come.
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  • Amy Imogene Reads
    January 1, 1970
    DEAD GODS, PIRATE QUEEN, MAGES, and SHERLOCK. Sign me the HELL up!Thank you to TOR for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I am privileged to be in Ryan's writing group and from his first WIP, I knew he was going to be published. I'm so happy for him that SIN IN THE STEEL--which also passed through our group--is his debut, and what a debut it is! Adventure on the high seas, magic run rampant, and a heroine with a wit sharper than a sword's edge. Be prepared to keep flipping the page with this one, folks.
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  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5This was genuinely so fun and exactly what I needed right now. Adventure! Pirates! Ships! Sarcasm and snark! A compelling duo! Really looking forward to seeing how this world will expand in future books.
  • Sasha
    January 1, 1970
    First I would like to state that I have received this book through goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. This book was a very interesting read. It pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. I would recommend this book to others. It is a very good read
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  • Dana Scott
    January 1, 1970
    What an adventure! Non stop action and magic, it reads very quickly. I fell in love with the characters and their smart mouths. I hope there are more stories about Buc and Eld!
  • Andrea Cerda
    January 1, 1970
    Can't believe I just won this awesome book in goodreads giveaways! I'll provide a review after reading it. Thanks for the opportunity.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the publisher. This book sounded perfect for me: fantasy adventure, female lead, pirates, libraries, ghosts, zombies. etc. It was blurbed as "blisteringly paced, amazingly fun" but I didn't find it either. I didn't cotton to Buc, the main character and the info dump in the first chapter was offputting. I started skimming, to see if it got better. Nope. It was all self-important questing, with no humor or literary breaks to lighten the burden. Maybe it works as YA. Sorry - I received an ARC from the publisher. This book sounded perfect for me: fantasy adventure, female lead, pirates, libraries, ghosts, zombies. etc. It was blurbed as "blisteringly paced, amazingly fun" but I didn't find it either. I didn't cotton to Buc, the main character and the info dump in the first chapter was offputting. I started skimming, to see if it got better. Nope. It was all self-important questing, with no humor or literary breaks to lighten the burden. Maybe it works as YA. Sorry - I wanted to love it.
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  • Alex Can Read
    January 1, 1970
    The Sin in the Steel was quite a fun read! I won an ARC from a Goodreads Giveaway. I sat down to read it last night and found myself unwilling to put it down. The story is well paced and clips along nicely. There is a lot of information to learn, but Van Loan does a good job of not doing large swaths of exposition or info-dumping. Buc is clearly a Holmes-style savant, with Eld as her staid and reliable Watson. Van Loan does a good job of making those comparisons clear without being heavy handed The Sin in the Steel was quite a fun read! I won an ARC from a Goodreads Giveaway. I sat down to read it last night and found myself unwilling to put it down. The story is well paced and clips along nicely. There is a lot of information to learn, but Van Loan does a good job of not doing large swaths of exposition or info-dumping. Buc is clearly a Holmes-style savant, with Eld as her staid and reliable Watson. Van Loan does a good job of making those comparisons clear without being heavy handed or boring - Buc and Eld are their own characters, drawing elements from Holmes and Watson.
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