About Without Bloodshed
All who threaten me die.”
These words made Morgan Stormrider’s reputation as one of the Phoenix Society’s deadliest IRD officers. He served with distinction as the Society’s avenger, hunting down anybody who dared kill an Adversary in the line of duty. After a decade spent living by the sword, Morgan seeks to bid a farewell to arms and make a new life with his friends as a musician.Regardless of his faltering faith, the Phoenix Society has a final mission for Morgan Stormrider after a dictator’s accusations make him a liability to the organization. He must put everything aside, travel to Boston, and prove he is not the Society’s assassin. He must put down Alexander Liebenthal’s coup while taking him alive.
Despite the gravity of his task, Morgan cannot put aside his ex-girlfriend’s murder, or efforts to frame him and his closest friends for the crime. He cannot ignore a request from a trusted friend to investigate the theft of designs for a weapon before which even gods stand defenseless. He cannot disregard the corruption implied in the Phoenix Society’s willingness to make him a scapegoat should he fail to resolve the crisis in Boston without bloodshed.
The words with which Morgan Stormrider forged his reputation haunt him still.
Reviews for Without Bloodshed
The keyword for this Science Fantasy is ‘more’. That is both good and something of a hindrance. The large cast is well put together with interesting and gritty characters of both genders. The plot is also packed with conflict and many layers of subplots. The problem came with the high level of detail that Graybosch used. Detail is a fantastic tool for bringing the world to life, but Graybosch was in the habit of not giving the reader enough credit. He often stated things that could have been left to the reader to discern and understand on their own.
This was a fun read, from beginning to end. Loaded with heavy metal and mythological references, and set in a post-nation state, cyberpunkish setting, it’s a futuristic tale of Heraclean myth featuring a different sort of law enforcer, called an adversary, and a different kind of chthonic monster.The pacing was good, only slowing in a few places when characters are discussing their history in ways that aren’t always related to the plot, but it’s good background and adds depth to their relationships.
First of all, I absolutely love the cover on this thing. It is just gorgeous. This is the first book in the Starbreakers series, and it was a terrific read. It is described at the Starbreakers series website as: “Androids unaware of their nature fight demons from outer space. It's totally metal.” If I had known that little bit going into the book I might have caught on to what was going on that much more quickly, but it is eventually revealed to the careful reader. Additional stories that can provide background can also be found and read online by [...]