Book 2 of the
Devices of War Trilogy
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Steampunk Adventure
Publisher: Blooding Books
Book Description: (Can be read as stand-alone)
Return to a world of mind blowing visuals, heart stopping action, and ships that sail the skies.
Nix, Queen of Wands, has exactly what she wants—Synn El’Asim, the greatest Mark the world has ever seen. Even though she bound his soul to hers, he is not easily controlled. If she wants him, she must do the one thing that pains her most. Let him go, and give him what he desires. Peace.
Armed with a treaty bearing Nix’s seal, Synn sets off to bridge the gap between the world’s two reigning tyrants—the Hands of Tarot and the Great Families. He struggles to trust Nix as he fights for control of his soul. He’s going to need every ounce of restraint when dealing with his mother, leader of the Great Families. She will not give up her power without a fight. Nix will honor her treaty only if Synn agrees to become her knight. His mother refuses to sign the peace agreement if he falls into the queen’s control.
Frustrated, Synn does the one thing neither woman saw coming. He invites all the tribes, currently voiceless in the war between these two ruling tyrants, to partake in the treaty negotiations. All they have to do is prove their worth in his Peace Games. As Synn’s influence and subsequent power grows, a new fight begins.
Who will control Synn’s League of Cities? Can he protect more people as a leader of the Great Families, or as the Knight of Wands?
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Praise for Fall of Sky City
Wow! What did I just read?? The story was deliciously complex, full of fear, wonder, magic, gadgets, gizmos, one heck of a psycho Queen and wonderful friends. Every character brought something to the story, each with a unique personality that came to life through the book, each with their own fears to overcome. Victoria Limbert
I love the world Blooding has created. She managed to create it in a way that it combines specs of all my favorite movies, books, etc. It’s a mixture of young adult fantasy, steam punk, dystopia, sci-fi, paranormal and even some tiny bit of romance. Fall of Sky City is a diverse book that is intense, a little bit violent, and a whole lot of awesome! I look forward to reading the next book of the series! Unputdownable Books
SM Blooding is a new author to me, but this is definitely not the last book I’ll read by her. Synn El’Asim is a powerful character–the reader sees him grow from a young man who has not yet come into his power to a strong man who is courageous enough to fight for what he believes in–his family and his people. The world building Ms. Blooding does is nothing short of remarkable. A world composed of flying ships, ice worlds, danger, and intrigue. My World of Dreams
This book is action-packed and intense. You feel like you’re part of the drama. This story is intense. The action is perfectly paced. I had trouble putting the book down. I really felt for Synn from the very beginning. He goes through so much. As soon as he gets his mark, he is plunged into one situation after another. Queen Nix, who is horrifying by the way, pushes Synn to new levels, in more and more diabolical ways. With the help of friends and family, Synn becomes a strong leader. Waiting on Sunday to Drown
I’m amazed of the world Blooding has created and built. It has Sky, Land, and Water Cities. These cities each has its own technologies, language, and a whole different way of life. These worlds remind me a lot of Avatar the Last Airbender and Star Wars, which I both loved wholeheartedly. Bahrain Newspaper Article Review!
Meet the Author:
SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation.
She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories.
She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!
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We were directly above their spinning ship.
“Launch and grapple!”
I leapt into the air.
It was like falling in slow motion. My feet touched their slippery deck. The Kowka spun like a drunken top. Her main mast was gone, her secondaries cracking with the strain. Men scrambled to secure sails, to keep the masts they still had, and to re-harness their jelly. A few of them saw us, what we were attempting to do.
I ran toward the rail, but ignored it. When we pulled upward, and we would, the rail would disconnect from the ship, leaving us with a railing, and them with a still sinking ship.
This was not a Samma vessel. I didn’t know if it had a grapple eye and from what I could tell, it didn’t. I found a metal tooth and fought to work the grapple into it.
A roar filled the air, followed by several others.
“Secure!” I shouted and ran for the tallest mast. I was going to need to get as high as I could if I had any hope of saving their jelly from the sky cat.
“Secure!” one of my men shouted.
“Secure!” There was a whole chorus.
“I can’t find anything!” someone shouted. “There’s nothing to latch onto!”
I didn’t have time to worry about him. Others could. The Kowka crew had caught onto the fact that we were trying to help them save their ship.
I scrambled up the foremast as the roaring of the sky cats intensified.
“Sayyd,” Isra shouted. She said something else, but it was lost in the wind.
I scrambled the rest of the way up.
“Secure! Secure! Secure!” came the shout from below.
I latched onto the foremast with one arm bracing for impact. “Secure!” I shouted with all my might to Isra. “Secure, secure, secure!”
The Yusrra Samma stopped sinking with the Kowka. The ropes of the grapple lines tightened and the world jerked to a stop.
That’s when the sky cats attacked.
The jelly stayed close to the ship directly under me, his tendrils seeking the comforts and safety of his harness.
Eight sky cats swept through the rain around us, each with powerful claws and teeth.
“Bring us up!” I shouted. “Use the lightning to bridge a net!”
One of my men scrambled along the shrouds, the latticework of ropes that covered the hull of the Yusrra Samma. “Sayyd!”
“Use the lightning cannons to bridge a net to the Kowka!”
He nodded, tucked his head into a gun port and relayed the message.
The smallest of the sky cats brought his wings close to his body and dove at us.
I brought my lightning lava whips out, reaching as far as I could.
“We need to aim to kill, sayyd!”
If we had to, but I knew that if we made the meal too difficult, they’d leave. All predators were the same.
The lightning cannons were busy working the front of the Kowka, leaving the rear side unprotected, and my whips didn’t extend that far.
Ropes were everywhere. I spotted one dangling several feet in front of me and leapt, my lashes whipping out, encircling the area in a radius of fire. I was watchful of the sails, the ropes, the rigging, the masts. It was very cluttered up here with things that would burn if I touched them.
Men were on the quarterdeck fighting off two large cats. I swung above them, tagging the cats and herding them away.
The rain slackened, though the wind wasn’t as forgiving. My hand slipped on the slick rope, but I held on tight, finding a slippery purchase on the top knot of the mizzen mast. Wrapping one leg and an arm around the mast, I concentrated on the cats below.
With a yowl, they fled the deck.
Ino City loomed along the horizon.
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