Born into poverty and orphaned young, Daveth Blyd had one chance for success when his fighting prowess earned him a place in the Tangye city guard—a place he lost to false accusations of theft. Now he scrapes out a living searching for wayward spouses and missing children. When a nobleman offers him a small fortune to find an entertainer who’s stolen a ring, Daveth takes the case.
While Jory Pearce may or may not be a thief, he certainly can’t be trusted. But, enchanted by Jory’s beauty and haunting voice, Daveth soon finds himself caught in the middle of a conspiracy. As he searches desperately for answers, he realizes that he’s also falling for Jory. The two men face river wraiths, assassins, a necromancer, and a talking head that could be Daveth’s salvation on their quest for the truth. But with everyone’s integrity in question and Death eager to dance, Daveth will need more than sorcery to survive.
Kim fielding weaves a tale of intrigue and magic. Of the disparity between the rich and the poor. Of desperation and perseverance. She shows us a world of an another time and a different place. A place where horses are mythical creatures ...
"And you fascinate me—I’ve never met anyone like you. I don’t think anyone like you exists. You’re a mythical creature, like a horse. Can you imagine a large animal that allows people to ride on it and lead it around?”
Even still, some things never change. People are often greedy and backstabby and petty.
Daveth Blyd doesn't have expectations or aspirations. Hasn't always been the case, though. Born and raised in Low, the son of a whore, Daveth has rarely known anything else. He briefly experienced a different life when he proved himself worthy of being a City Guard - though no matter his skills, there were those that never felt him worthy and framed him for a crime that could have cost him his life.
Jory Pearce is not exactly what he seems. Beautiful, with the looks and voice of an angel, Jory sings for his supper, an occasionally sells more than just his voice. Jory's a mystery that Daveth needs to solve. He's wanted for thieving, but something isn't right with that story.
Both men are caught up in intrigue that neither of them understand but need to get to the bottom of and they only have each other to trust. At least as much as either can trust the other.
I enjoyed the story and the writing and the connection that was apparent between Daveth and Jory. I found the mystery entertaining, full of twists and turns...and wraiths and witches...and I could not wait to find out the truth of what really happened.
The ending was kind of an odd thing, but I felt it fit the, already quirky, story. I would definitely recommend Blyd and Pearce to those who, like me, enjoy a quirky, twisty mystery with a side of light romance.
ARC of Blyd and Pearce was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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