The neighborhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. Read more...
The neighborhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. A set of streets to be avoided or ignored. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the crime falls to the most unpopular inspectors in the Maradaine Constabulary: exposed fraud Satrine Rainey, and Uncircled mage Minox Welling.
With a murder scene deliberately constructed to point blame toward the rival groups resident in this exotic section of Maradaine, Rainey is forced to confront her former life, while Welling's ignorance of his own power threatens to consume him. And the conflicts erupting in the Little East will spark a citywide war unless the Constabulary solves the case quickly.
- ISBN-13: 9780756411732
- ISBN-10: 0756411734
- Publisher: Daw Books
- Publish Date: November 2016
- Page Count: 400
- Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds
Series: Maradaine Constabulary #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-03
- Reviewer: Staff
In Marescas fine second Maradaine Constabulary novel (following A Murder of Mages), a foreign dignitary is found murdered in the fantasy city of Maradaine, an event with potentially explosive repercussions. Constabulary inspectors Satrine Rainey and Minox Welling are used to getting assigned to the strange ones, the cases no one else wants. This one is a dramatic death in the Little East, a Maradaine neighborhood brimming with immigrants from several nations who distrust one another only slightly less than they distrust Maradaine natives. The dead man, a Fuergan noble, was found on Druth soil, in a location used by Tsouljans, marked with symbols from another culture, and stabbed with a blade from yet another; these presumably staged complications make almost everyone a potential suspect, and the chances of an international misunderstanding are dangerously high. Maresca offers something beyond the usual high fantasy fare, with a wealth of unique and well-rounded characters, a vivid setting, and complicatedly intertwined social issues that feel especially timely. Fantasy fans who like to mix magic and murder will enjoy this one. (Nov.)