Lorel Clayton will be on tour April 6-13 with the novel Tangle of Thornes When Eva's brother is murdered in a city of rude elves and matriarchal dwarves where humans have no rights, she is forced to investigate the crime herself. What she discovers brings her up against a powerful slave-trading cartel, dark gods, and—worst of all—her twin sister. Both her family and the elven authorities want her hushed. She has no money and no magic of her own with which to combat them, but she does have an illegally-freed slave, a senile nanny, and an ex-almost-boyfriend on her side. Even when she nearly loses her job and almost loses her head in a sword fight on the same night, she isn’t deterred. It’s when the nanny goes missing that she really starts to worry. Femme fatale turns hard-boiled investigator in this first Eva Thorne novel. Set in a fantasy world where magic and machines can't stand against the God of Death, humans are on the run from the god's invasion. Highcrowne is the only refuge, but that means living in the Outskirts of an ancient city ruled by Avian mages, indifferent dwarves, and elves who'd prefer to see humans as their slaves. It's worst for Eva's people, Solhans, because they were the ones who summoned the Dead God into the world. No one wants her kind in Highcrowne and there are plenty who would be happy to see her brother dead. There are too many motives and not enough time to unravel them, because other people are dying … and Eva is fast running out of vacation time. Please visit CLP Blog Tours for all the tour stops!
Lorel and Clayton were both born and raised in the Western United States and were teen sweethearts, brought together by a fierce love of books and hormones, of course. They traveled to Australia in 1997 and never left, finding the sunshine and beaches of “Oz” too irresistible. Lorel has a PhD in Pathology and once upon a time did cancer research before turning to marketing. Clayton has a Master's Degree in Visual Art and prefers Expressionist painting in acrylics but has recently tackled digital painting, mostly because there’s a hyperactive three-year-old boy running around the house (their gorgeous son, in case you were wondering if that’s normal). Despite having been married for twenty-five years, they are still madly in love and still writing! As writing partners, they meld logic and creativity, as well as genres. Fantasy, science-fiction, mystery, horror, steampunk, thriller, romance, and the classics—they read them all, and if they can mix them they will.
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Eva wants nothing more than to find her brothers killer and avenge his death, and she'll do whatever it takes to figure things out. Shes not really a detective but she'll follow whatever clues she can find even when it leads her to places she never really wanted to go.
Her world has Elves, Dwarves and other creatures in it and when it comes to humans they are at the bottom of the rung and shes in many ways considered even lower than even them as a Solhan. So finding people to help her or even talk to her about her brother and his recent activities is difficult as best.
Eva is head strong and not one to just sit on the sidelines of things and if you tell her not to do something she'll do it just to spite you. Calling her stubborn would be putting it lightly. On her quest she has to fight against everyone her either wanting to shut her up, shut her down, or shut her out. As Eva gets deeper into what her brother was up to she meets new people and has to figure out who to trust and even then it's not really in her nature to trust anyone.
This story takes you into a world where you never know what way it up and who is the good guy. There's magic, mystery, and treachery and even a little romance. The storyline is interesting drawing you in with a good ol' fashioned who done it mystery and Evas world definitely keeps you on your toes.
My only complaint was the back story both in general and Evas there were some details, but overall wish there would have been more. One example was Eva saying she had just gotten back, but it never told you where she went.
Overall the story is interesting and I'll definetly be reading more about Eva and her adventures.