Steel Victory by J.L. Gribble
Publication Date: July 2015
Publisher: Dog Star Books
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 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.
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
Steel 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 story.
You would think that reading about all sorts of supernatural creatures and were animals in an alternate future would feel fitting; but for me, it just felt odd. There is also the fact that there is a rather big cast involved in the story; none of which I got to know on a deeper level (which, to me should never be the case).
Steel Victory is the sort of story that wouldn’t fit into any one genre. That, I believe, is a selling point for the story, as it would appeal to a mix of readers. There is something for almost everyone: action and adventure, paranormal fantasy, and post apocalyptic science fiction.
I initially did not appreciate the fact that the action started rather abruptly, right from the first page; but at the end of the day, I ended up liking the fast pace of the story. The plot is actually pretty creative, and there is a nice mix of various types of characters.
Steel Victory is a book that is rather well celebrated on Goodreads and on Amazon. Sadly, the fact that I found it hard to lose myself in the story makes it so that I’m not one of those celebrating it. I do wish I was, though.