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First in the fantasy Steelflower Chronicles and most likely the last.My TakeKaia, a shunned elf who believes she never manifested any of her expected elfin powers, left home to seek her fortune as a mercenary We first encounter a hungover Kaia doing battle while still half asleep only to find she s fighting on behalf of the man whose pocket she picked the night before.In general, I really like Saintcrow as an author and the idea of this story is intriguing But, must Kaia whine so much I got t First in the fantasy Steelflower Chronicles and most likely the last.My TakeKaia, a shunned elf who believes she never manifested any of her expected elfin powers, left home to seek her fortune as a mercenary We first encounter a hungover Kaia doing battle while still half asleep only to find she s fighting on behalf of the man whose pocket she picked the night before.In general, I really like Saintcrow as an author and the idea of this story is intriguing But, must Kaia whine so much I got the message she doesn t believe she has any power In spite of all the indications she s receiving to the contrary Then Kaia talks about Rikyat being gods touched Well, thank god, Saintcrow keeps telling us because I sure am not getting it from his actions Stop telling Start showing Really, a lot of good ideas desperately in need of some depth And lots less whining The Cover and TitleIt has a great cover it s too bad the cover artist didn t do the illustrations The title is all about Kaia She s the Steelflower elf shunned for her lack of power This author is very hit or miss for me Two of her series I really like, two others I couldn t finish the first book Sad to say that this book fell into the later category for me I made it about 20 pages in when I gave it up There was something about the language that just bugged me, the shorted drawl, that you aren t sure what the characters are saying This one just wasn t for me. I really liked this It reminded me of the older style sword and sorcery books Kinda like Jennifer Roberson s Sword Dancing but not quite as in depth In this day and age to find a new author who writes an entertaining tale such as this that does not involve heaving bosoms or rampant masculinity is a treat I look forward to. i love lilith saintcrow s style she gives a kind of well hidden fragility to her protagonists that makes them likable, real and gives them good depth in this case, kaia was shunned because she thought she lacked powers which, well yes i cannot stop delighting myself with the strong bonds that miss saintcrow forms between the boy and the girl in her books it s endearing i liked the band of people she collected, and how firmly she embraced her honor and her debt the story, the gods, and i love lilith saintcrow s style she gives a kind of well hidden fragility to her protagonists that makes them likable, real and gives them good depth in this case, kaia was shunned because she thought she lacked powers which, well yes i cannot stop delighting myself with the strong bonds that miss saintcrow forms between the boy and the girl in her books it s endearing i liked the band of people she collected, and how firmly she embraced her honor and her debt the story, the gods, and the intensity with which all was narrated made it a warm read this is one of lilith s best, as kaia isn t actively suffering which i fear will change if she ever writes the rest of the series , but that s expected because, i think, in her first books she merely shows her character, points at worldbuilding and sets the footing.an enjoyable read I picked this up on a whim, knowing that Lilith Saintcrow was one of those authors that could be hit or miss about me Uusually she s in the group of fantastic worldbuilding but the characters tend to make me want to slap them sometimes I also occasionally have problems wiht her romance I have a weakness for sword and sorcery that is compounded by my insistence on interesting and varied female characters What can I say For all it s flaws, I cut my teeth on Mercedes Lackey s Vows and Honor d I picked this up on a whim, knowing that Lilith Saintcrow was one of those authors that could be hit or miss about me Uusually she s in the group of fantastic worldbuilding but the characters tend to make me want to slap them sometimes I also occasionally have problems wiht her romance I have a weakness for sword and sorcery that is compounded by my insistence on interesting and varied female characters What can I say For all it s flaws, I cut my teeth on Mercedes Lackey s Vows and Honor duology Consequently, I ll be a bitdaring about that than the fifty million Urban Fantasy books I read I did like Kaia as a character Her world sounded interesting, but I had some problems with immersion too many countries too quickly I like that there actually seemed to be non Europeans in her world, even discounting the G mai I like the fact she was competent, though I wished we could havedevelopment of the other female characters Kaia s innkeeper friend, for instance, or the G mai woman that joins them in the second half of the book There are some nitty gritty things as well The book also suffers from Fantasy Apostrophe Syndrome, mitigated by the fact that at least the apostrophe is signaled to mean something the glottal stop On the other hand, I still have problems pronouncing the names That and the food and drink appears to be a case of call a rabbit a smeerp To some extent I can tolerate this, but when I start to remember all of this, it s a problem And about halfway through, the book switches from calling the female lead Kaia the Iron Flower to Kaia Steelflower That and other changes make me wonder if Ms Saintcrow wrote two novellas and stitched them together for this book It could be that both are used by different sets of people, but I couldn t tell the difference With that, I segue into the plot I enjoyed the first bits of the book, where Kaia and Redfist were being chased by someone unknown for reasons unknown, and the last bits of the book where the business about the God Emperor from the back of the book comes in The middle bits not so much, for something I ve heard called the banality of pain Basically, Kaia believes she was abandoned by her people for being without magic and not undergoing some kind of spiffy soulbond with a guy who was her True Love When a G mai dude shows up and starts following her around and telling her she s got magic, she goes into denial For half the book Okay, anyone older than 15 and or who has read fantasy books for over a year knows how this plot will turn out Me, I was hoping for an inversionNow, TMI I ve suffered from a anxiety disorder lgt TMI, and have listened to friends who are depressed Yeah, it does kind of sound like that the same thoughts keep circling around in your head over and over, no matter how many times you try to balance them Fighting your way out of such thoughts are HARD However, this might be a case of the terrible boredom of pain gratuitous Ursela LeGuin quote here being psychologically hurt, doesn t make one angsty and deep, just hurting Hard to portray without making me depressed though spoilersA nice touch was that Kaia s perception was shown as being flawed, rather than the Evil Relatives thing But, it did make me question G mai parenting practices if Kaia s extended family couldn t find a way to bring her out of her depression or even figure out what was wrong with her, even if her magic was hindering communications At the least, they had ten years to bring in an expert to get through to her spoilersSo, I d have to say I recommend this for people who can tolerate a bit of Angst in their books I ll be looking for the next book in the series, but I ll probably wait until it comes in trade paperback, or pick it up used Good read Too bad there isn t a sequel Interesting world and nice mix of characters NOTE Speed read only.So where to start this review The book is called Steelflower, but the ballads mentioned in the book itself call the main character Iron Flower And that s pretty much how the rest of it goes.Why would a society that reveres all females throw out one who has serious issues after her mother dies Why would a main character immediately start killing guards in the opening scene when they aren t even there for her and she s supposedly a thief and assassin e.g., someone who NOTE Speed read only.So where to start this review The book is called Steelflower, but the ballads mentioned in the book itself call the main character Iron Flower And that s pretty much how the rest of it goes.Why would a society that reveres all females throw out one who has serious issues after her mother dies Why would a main character immediately start killing guards in the opening scene when they aren t even there for her and she s supposedly a thief and assassin e.g., someone who would want to avoid attention from the law Why would said character go out of her way to honor a nearly forgotten promise but dismiss others attempts to bind themselves to her via their particular cultures honor system This title has serious issues that a good edit would have handled.Skip it and any future volumes that have been predicted Oh how I love a sword and sorcery tale Love Lilith Saintcrow s writing, all her worlds are very well drawn and her writing style is very distinctive makes me think of Simon R Green.Kaia Steelflower is a mercenary who insists on working alone However, she soons finds herself unwillingly collecting travelling companions and possibly embroiled in two separate issues of succession , both of which may get her killed A word of warning though, this is supposed to be the first book in a series Oh how I love a sword and sorcery tale Love Lilith Saintcrow s writing, all her worlds are very well drawn and her writing style is very distinctive makes me think of Simon R Green.Kaia Steelflower is a mercenary who insists on working alone However, she soons finds herself unwillingly collecting travelling companions and possibly embroiled in two separate issues of succession , both of which may get her killed A word of warning though, this is supposed to be the first book in a series trilogy While the book doesn t end with a cliffhanger, it s obvious that the companions are only partway into their travels together There may be twobooks to come, but they have not been written finished and must fit around Saintcrow s busy writing schedule (READ BOOK) ⚡ Steelflower Ë Sellsword Assassin Thief Kaia Steelflower has done quite well for herself, and she longs to retire as an innkeeper Unfortunately, one night she picks the wrong pocket, and finds herself saddled with a barbarian, an elven princeling and his two hapless companions, a wharf rat, and a lutebanging minstrel And there s the little matter of an old friend calling in a debt of honor and blood a debt Kaia can t refuse Now a reluctant Kaia and her companions face a rebellious army, assassins, assassins, and oh yes, the assassins They don t have a chance but Kaia Steelflower, thief and sellsword, has never known when to quit I changed this from currently reading to read because I have read as much of as I possibly can The main character is insufferable and the action is slow There is a lot of fantasy culture references with no explanation so I spent a lot of time reading and hoping that maybe the story would make sense later on Maybe it does but there is nothing compelling enough to make me care.