The Horns of Ruin by Tim Aker is an interesting mix of a steampunk world that has magic mixed with science in it. Not quite what I was expecting when I started reading it as I thought it would be more steampunk.
For the fantasy fans, there are three brothers that revered as gods and each has their followers. Eva Forge is the last of the Paladins for the Cult of Morgan. She comes across a plot to destroy the Cult while attempting to protect the Fratriach of the Cult of Morgan. Now Ash must find a way of saving not only the Cult of Morgan, but possibly saving the city. The story has a strong sword and sorcery type feel mixed in with the steampunk elements. The lead character is the strongest written character, but her abrupt, stubborn, brusque nature may turn some people off. The story is filled with lots of fights, chases, magic and adventure. It is fast paced and should appeal to fans of traditional sword and sorcery who would like to try some steampunk.
I would give this story 3 stars.
Eva Forge is the last paladin of a dead god. Morgan, god of battle and champion of the Fraterdom, was assassinated by his jealous brother, Amon. Over time, the Cult of Morgan has been surpassed by other gods, his blessings ignored in favor of brighter technologies and more mechanical miracles. Eva was the last child dedicated to the Cult of Morgan, forsaken by her parents and forgotten by her family. Now she watches as her new family, her Cult, crumbles all around her.
When a series of kidnappings and murders makes it clear that someone is trying to hasten the death of the Cult of Morgan, Eva must seek out unexpected allies and unwelcome answers in the city of Ash. But will she be able to save the city from a growing conspiracy, one that reaches back to her childhood, even back to the murder of her god?