Steel Victory

Steel Victory One hundred years ago the vampire Victory retired from a centuries long mercenary career She settled in Limani the independent city state acting as a neutral zone between the British and Roman colon

  • Title: Steel Victory
  • Author: J.L. Gribble
  • ISBN: 9781935738732
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • One hundred years ago, the vampire Victory retired from a centuries long mercenary career She settled in Limani, the independent city state acting as a neutral zone between the British and Roman colonies on the New Continent.Twenty years ago, Victory adopted a human baby girl, who soon showed signs of magical ability.Today, Victory is a city councilwoman, balancing the huOne hundred years ago, the vampire Victory retired from a centuries long mercenary career She settled in Limani, the independent city state acting as a neutral zone between the British and Roman colonies on the New Continent.Twenty years ago, Victory adopted a human baby girl, who soon showed signs of magical ability.Today, Victory is a city councilwoman, balancing the human and supernatural populations within Limani Her daughter Toria is a warrior mage, balancing life as an apprentice mercenary with college chemistry courses.Tomorrow, the Roman Empire invades.

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    • Jennifer says:

      Note: I was involved in publishing this bookSteel Victory takes place in what I like to think of as an alternate future where magical creatures such as vampires, shapeshifters and elves have always existed and still do. It's also post-apocalyptic because there has been a nuclear disaster in the past. Although this book is in the future, technology has been mostly eliminated and magic rules the day. The style is an intricate weave of urban fantasy and alternate history with a lot of the elements [...]

    • Liz says:

      I’m in between ratings with this one (2/3). While it was a story that went through the motions with a lot of action and new twists and turns, it just didn’t really pull me in for some reason.From the get go I was thrown into action, from the get go there was a lot of stuff happening and I felt I needed to be super attentive to make sense of all the past, present and future political, personal and historical arrangements. There was quite a bit to take in and it isn’t necessarily a bad thing [...]

    • David Brawley says:

      tldr: 4.5 stars - fascinating mixed genre world, very RPG-able, and spurs some DMing advice at the end.Disclaimer: I received an advanced reviewer e-copy of this book from the author, who is both a friend and one of the players in my Friday night D&D game.It's very difficult to pigeonhole this book into a single genre. It's a post apocalyptic story, set in a city at the edge of the american wasteland after some nuclear war (WWIII?). It's an alternate history, not just because of this war, bu [...]

    • Daniel says:

      I'm submitting a review of this that due to scheduling probably won't be up for awhile, and even then I'll just be able to put a link in here to it. So for the time being, something short: This is a tightly paced novel (no bloat here) that combines elements of alternate history with urban fantasy - think supernatural characters as you'd see in a Charlaine Harris novel but within an alt history present-day world that is one part anachronistic to our reality, one-part post-apocalyptic. As with man [...]

    • Carrie says:

      Disclaimer: I'm friends with the author (and wish I were friends with her cats).This review is super late because I have issues with time. :/ I haven't read much alternate history, but it turns out that I love it! I really enjoyed the political issues facing Limani and how those issues intersected with the tension between magic users and anti-magic humanists. And, of course, the kick-butt heroines. Victory and Toria are awesome separately, each fighting their own battles, but it's Gribble's atte [...]

    • Melissa Eisenmeier says:

      Steel Victory was good. Buy it on my website.

    • Ibukun (1-800 Books) says:

      *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest reviewSteel Victory takes place in a future where magical creatures have always been the norm, and still are, even after the apocalypse. The story features Victory (a vampire), who has to deal with the fact that the future of her beloved town of Limani, alongside everything she holds dear, is being threatened. I rushed into it with a large dose of anticipation, but, for some reason, I just didn’t feel any kind of connection with the sto [...]

    • Kristopher Campa says:

      This was absolutely one of the best debut novels I've ever read. It combined wonderful elements of fantasy, alternative history, action, character development into a really fun read. Will definitely be sharing this with friends.

    • Andrew Saunders says:

      Interesting. Easy read. Hard to understand the world with just this first book. Also hard to understand the magic system.

    • Hobart says:

      ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.---This is a doozy to know how to categorize -- it's Post-Apocalyptic (but not really dystopian), it's Futuristic (but little tech and everyone uses swords), it's Urban Fantasy (but, pretty different from what you've seen before). Basically, this is the kind of thing that Mike Underwood has been talking about, the kind of thing that Angry Robot does so well when they list 3 or 4 sub-genres on the back of a book. So, [...]

    • Etola says:

      Okay, so this was an interesting but uneven read. The writing itself is polished; clearly the author spent a lot of time making sure the writing was smooth. The prose isn't fancy, but it's good solid workhorse prose that gets the job done, which was exactly what it needed to be.Where this book fails is in the actual world-building. Too much was going on, as if the author was throwing in everything she thought was cool, without thinking of the implications of how it all fit together. There's a ci [...]

    • K.T. Munson says:

      CharactersVictory, Toria, and Mikelos are all interesting characters. I liked Max and Seri as well. It was interesting to see all the different creatures from vampires to elves integrated into a 'normal' society. However, most of the characters' actions and unique personalities seemed forced at times and didn't line up. They didn't seem terribly complex either, but neither were they one-denominational. They just didn't have that special something that really sparked my interest. Despite their so [...]

    • Todd Moody says:

      J. L. Gribble has created a captivating alternate reality in her debut novel, full of magic and vampires and were-creatures. The story centers around a centuries old female vampire named Victory and her adopted family, and the city-state she's cultivated as a safe zone between the British and Romans empires.Victory has tried to step back in her control of the city politics, but as often happens, subversive elements creep in and try to undermine all she has accomplished. A new Roman Emperor also [...]

    • Jaffa Kintigh says:

      An uneven smorgasbord of fantasy and urban fantasy tropes jumble together in a post-nuclear apocalypse setting. A millennia after the nuclear war, society has reformed with humans, elves, vampires, mages, and were-creatures of all sorts. The political entities are the New World Greek city-state of Limani and the British and Roman Empires somehow revived after the wars. This unlikely mix stretches the suspension of disbelief to the breaking point in its refusal to world-build with any sort of coh [...]

    • Garon Whited says:

      Short form: Good stuff. Mixed-genre world, vampire heroine, shapeshifters, political intrigue, magic, and great characters.By mixed-genre, I mean fantasy, post-apocalyptic, alternate history, urban fantasy, and paranormal. It's like Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" meets Ilona Andrews' "Kate Daniels" series. Only complicated.So we've got a city (Limani) with a humanist bent and a vampire mercenary/heroine as a political figure. She's got a lot on her plate, obviously, what with being stuck between [...]

    • K.W. Taylor says:

      Disclaimer: I am friends with the author of this book, and we share a publisher. STEEL VICTORY is the sort of book I would devour anyway, and eagerly so. Part alternate history, part urban fantasy, and part quasi-dystopian science fiction, this book tells the story of conflict on both large and small scales through the eyes of mother and daughter Victory (a centuries-old vampire) and Toria (half of a warrior-mage duo with her friend Kane). Both women have battles to fight, internal and external. [...]

    • Ron says:

      The most unique feature of this debut novel is the setting--a highly creative mélange of genres (contemporary, fantasy, mystery, alternate history, to name a few) best described as postmodern urban fantasy. Strong characters and world building (free of info-dumps) and a lot of original touches. (I especially liked the ‘daywalker’ concept and the magic system.) The story unfolds much like a mystery, starting with an opening action scene you’d expect in a James Bond film, with plenty of clu [...]

    • Sara says:

      Steel Victory is a unique and entertaining novel that crosses several genres - alternate history, coming of age, sci-fi and paranormal. The world is in a post-apocalyptic era after a nuclear war destroyed much of the world. Twenty years ago, Victory, a vampire, adopted a human baby, Toria. Toria has magical powers. Now, Victory is trying to lead her city, while Toria is a warrior protecting the land and going to college. There is a invasion, political upheaval and and uprising putting so much in [...]

    • Arec Rain says:

      I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started this novel. I haven’t been reading vampire novels recently simply because of how overdone and cliché they have become. However, this novel is so much more. Vampires may be listed in the synopsis, but they are only a small part of the story. It’s hard to pinpoint what makes this novel so enjoyable. The only complaint I have is how short it is. If I didn’t know this was part of series, I would be heartbroken. Filled with interesting cha [...]

    • Tom Kollman says:

      I have two disclaimers. First, I’m a friend of the author. Second, a genre-bending supernatural-fantasy alternate-history adventure is right in my wheelhouse – there was no way I wasn’t going to love this.The novel’s structure is unusual. There are no chapters, and only section breaks to show a change in point-of-view between the two main characters or a passage in time. This initially threw me not to have those familiar mileposts in the narrative. Instead, Gribble’s crisp writing and [...]

    • Diana Botsford says:

      A delicious blend of genres from urban fantasy to sword & sorcery. Readers will greatly enjoy this deviously raucous romp through a modern world filled with were-creatures, mercenaries, and Victory — a fanged kickass heroine who must squelch her adopted city’s political divisiveness before the Roman Empire can break down the proverbial gates and tear her world apart.

    • Jen Brooks says:

      This fantasy has a fascinating combination of elements. Vampires, were-creatures, and mages are the supernatural in a setting that feels something more than timeless—more like past, present, and future all at once. Author J.L. Gribble clearly has a passion for, and command of, the genre.

    • Strega says:

      Good start to a new series - lots of world building, character introductions, and a battle.

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