Zelda Pryce: The Razor’s Edge

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About the book

Brilliant young inventor Zelda Pryce creates beautiful machines that defy explanation and have made her one of the most unusual security experts in Washington DC. After proving her skills at the Smithsonian, Zelda is hired to test the security at the British Museum in London using her arcane wings and cloak to fly unseen past the alarms.

And that’s when everything goes very, very wrong.

The museum never hired her. A thief did. And when Zelda escapes from the London police, the only thing on her mind is tracking down the thief who set her up and nearly destroyed her career. So she teams up with a charming English riskbender and a daring French alchemist to chase the thief from Paris to Rome, from Castle Frankenstein to the Taj Mahal. Together they must escape all manners of strange traps and supernatural creatures, and only their arcane skills and tools will keep them alive.

Between the bizarre criminals and the overzealous police, Zelda has her hands full. But if she can’t catch the thief in time, every arcane device in the entire world could be destroyed and thousands of innocent lives could be lost.

This is a world where a Chekhov Gun is a revolver with a mind of its own, a Diogenes Lantern makes people tell the truth, and Occam’s Razor is the most dangerous knife in the world. At least it was, until a mad scientist made a sharper one.

The Zelda Pryce trilogy of arcane adventures:
Book 1: The Razor’s Edge
Book 2: The Clockwork Girl
Book 3: The Demon Hunt

One thought on “Zelda Pryce: The Razor’s Edge

  1. First things first. I received a free copy of Zelda Pryce: The Razor’s Edge from Library Thing, and from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    As someone who is familiar with his ‘Other Earth’ series, I knew the basic style to expect in his writing. This author does a nice job in writing good characterizations which draw you into the story. His ability to weave the scenery is fluid and descriptive without distracting from the story itself. This is also true with this book. I really liked how this was a departure from the lore of his other series and created a new world with its own set of what I call ‘mystical physics’. This world, while much like the one we inhabit has a magical force that is focused into items called arcana. This arcana has its own set of rules which, while seemingly magical, has its rules (loosely) based on the lore and/or science of our own world. There is even a section after the novel itself which describes the historic references from which the author gains the inspiration for the arcana which I found very enlightening. It contained references that I knew of, and a number of which I was unfamiliar with. For example, the Chekov Gun which is described in the book was inspired by a quote from Russian playwright Anton Chekov.

    Regarding the story itself, it keeps a steady pace and is quite entertaining. I liked the main protagonists, but if there was a complaint I had regarding the characters, it would be that we didn’t (admittedly, out of necessity from the viewpoint of the story) get to know much about the antagonist until she played a more vital role in the storyline even though her influence is felt throughout most of the story.

    All in all, I recommend reading Zelda Pryce: The Razor’s Edge and look forward to future installments in the series.

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