Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings . . .
the syndicate (Sophie Davis)
Title: the syndicate
Author: Sophie Davis
Publisher: Sophie Davis Books
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
So this gorgeous cover is what caught my eye first:
Second and third were the ideas of time travel in the 1920s and trying to find a lost manuscript respectively. What reader wouldn’t want to get their hands on a lost manuscript? And the 1920s are one of me more beloved time periods. Set in Paris, one of me favorite cities . . . I am in.
I really enjoyed this novel a whole bunch. It started out in Florence in 1796 with the main character, Stassi, literally on the run and continued happily from there. I adored this prologue by the way and was instantly sucked into Stassi’s story. In this prologue you also briefly meet Stassi’s partner, the runner Gaige.
The relationship and banter between these two is super fun and helped totally make the book for me. The best part? They have NO romantic interest in each other. Yet they care for each other deeply. I love a novel where a man and a woman can have a friendship that does not revolve around sexual desire but instead mutual respect and experiences. Yay! Of course that does not mean that there isn’t romance in this novel but I will leave ye to find out about it on yer own because it is happy and sweet and worth discovering for yourself.
So back to the 1920s. This novel has everything: famous people, a murderer on the loose, 1920s clothes, mystery, and an awesome main character in Stassi. She is a bit of a hard head with slightly poor impulse control at times. She is also intelligent and loyal and inquisitive. Stassi gets herself into a lot of trouble. The secondary characters are lovely as well. I thought the world created by the author was rich in detail and wonderful to read about. I kinda am jealous of runners. Wish I could be one at times. I have an entire list of historic places I would like to visit. Like the Library in Alexandria, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, 1920s Paris . . .
A minor issue with this book was changing some well known history facts involving the Hemingways. Grrr. But I loved this book. The ending was super fun. I will be reading the next one.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Sophie Davis Books!
The publisher’s website has this to say about the novel:
In a future where time travel has been outlawed, a black market exists for anyone with the money, connections, and nerve to request items from days past…
As a Runner for one of the underground syndicates that now controls the timewaves, Stassi 2446-89 has seen it all: the fall of Rome, the rise of Hitler, the end of democracy, the establishment of time tourism, and the devastating consequences of it. Stassi’s job is to seamlessly slip through the past, in search of items of value to the syndicate’s clientele.
Stassi’s next assignment takes her to Paris in the 1920’s, in search of a lost manuscript by one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. She and her partner, Gaige, are swept up in the City of Light during the height of fashion and culture—as alluring a locale as they’ve ever visited. But a seedier side of life lurks beneath the glamorous façade, and the pair quickly learns this run is more dangerous than any of their previous missions.
Ultimately, Stassi and Gaige must decide how far they’re willing to go to ensure the future as they know it.
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