I think this was an excellent selection for our purposes. The book was richly studded with detailed descriptions, providing a wealth of imagery to choose from. One could easily spend weeks upon weeks just re-creating the jewelry worn by the characters in the novel.
I really enjoyed the book. I found it easy to get immersed in the story and the lore of the land. Many of the gods and references were familiar, making this fantasy story seem closer to home and less alien. Steiber was successful in portraying a host of flawed characters, each caught in a glittering web of mystery and adventure.
At the in-person meet-up at Allegory Gallery, we had a lot of fun! I made a chai spiced cake and served up some Rainier cherries and rock candy from Scamp's Toffee. The cake was inspired by the scene where Lucinda is having tea on Kama's barge. From the description, it sounded like chai to me. The cherries were a nod to the "flavor of the city" in the mysterious liqueur served to Marcus and Tyrone. It was an intimate crowd again, but still a nice way to spend an evening. Laurel Ross and I were joined by a local named Amy. She saw the article in the paper and wanted to check it out. Unfortunately Terri Greenwalt couldn't make it.
Without further ado... here's the REVEAL!