Being Damsport’s most elegant assassin is hard work. There’s tailoring to consider, devilish poisons to concoct, secret identities to maintain… But most importantly, Longinus has to keep his fear of blood hidden or his reputation will be ruined. So, when a scrawny urchin girl threatens to expose his phobia unless he teaches her swordsmanship, he has no choice but to comply.
It doesn’t take long for Rory to realise that her new trainer has more eccentricities than she has fleas. But she’ll put up with anything, no matter how frustrating, to become a swordswoman like her childhood hero.
What she’s not prepared for is a copycat assassin who seeks to replace Longinus, and who hires Rory’s old partner in crime to do away with her, as well. Rory and Longinus must set their differences aside and try to work together if they’re to stop the copycat. But darker forces than they realise are at play, and with time running out, the unlikely duo find themselves the last line of defence against a powerful enemy who seeks to bring Damsport to its knees.
The Viper and the Urchin is a thoroughly entertaining read; with intriguing characters, unique plot, and a world so vivid it springs to life from the page. There are laugh out loud moments, from the vain assassin who is obsessed with his own image, the smart-mouthed urchin with an attitude twice her size, and the clever machinist who is full of surprises.
The story follows Rory, an urchin who dreams of being the best swordswoman in the world, and Longinus, an assassin who values his reputation above all else. A fact which makes his secret all the more amusing; it has the power to ruin everything he holds dear. When Longinus’ path invariable crosses with Rory’s, the pair begin a humours adventure which is fraught with dangerous twists and intriguing turns.
The descriptions are wonderful. It is well written, and the pace never lets up. In a good way. It keeps those pages turning. My favourite part of the tale is undoubtedly the characters; each has a complicated history, which adds to the enjoyment and left me hungry for more. The friendship which develops between the two main characters is unexpected, and yet even this relationship is unusual. It’s what sets them apart.
I highly recommend this novel.
Celine Jeanjean is French, grew up in the UK and now lives in Hong Kong. That makes her a tad confused about where she is from. During her time in Asia she’s watched the sun rise over Angkor Wat, lost her shoes in Vietnam, and fallen off a bamboo raft in China.
Celine writes stories that feature quirky characters and misfits, and her books are a mixture of steampunk, fantasy and humour.
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