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A RESTLESS TRUTH by Freya Marske

Maud Blyth has always longed for adventure. She’d hoped for plenty of it when she agreed to help her beloved older brother unravel a magical conspiracy. She even volunteered to serve as an old lady’s companion on an ocean liner. But Maud didn’t expect the old lady to turn up dead on the very first day of the voyage.

Now she has to deal with a dead body, a disrespectful parrot, and the lovely, dangerously outrageous Violet Debenham. Violet is everything Maud has been trained to distrust, yet can’t help but desire: a magician, an actress and a magnet for scandal.

Surrounded by open sea and a ship full of suspects, Maud and Violet must learn to drop the masks they’ve learned to wear. Only then might they work together to locate a magical object worth killing for – and unmask a murderer. All without becoming dead in the water themselves.

Title : A Restless Truth
Author : Freya Marske
Narrator : Aysha Kala
Series : The Last Binding #2
Format : Audio
Duration : 288
Genre : Historical Fantasy
Publisher : Tor Books
Release Date : November 10, 2022

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★

Micky’s 3.5 star review

Agatha Christie vibes with magic
Maud meets her match

A Restless Truth served an immediate feel of an Agatha Christie voyage across the Atlantic complete with whodunnit. The additional queer coupling with the magic we knew from A Marvellous Light made this immediately interesting.

Maud’s meeting with Violet had her considering a queer relationship when she hadn’t had any kind of awakening before. The was a rather hilarious storyline containing some ‘corn’ography that hastened Maud’s self awareness. Violet was a tough shell to crack and it took me a quite a long time in the book to warm to her, but I did eventually.

The grander plot carried on the storyline from book one and so I felt some similarities in that. I didn’t love the creep in terms of the dead in this book but I do think it fit with the era and Christie-feel of the piece. The story had some slow parts but overall, it was enjoyable.

I’m not sure where I see the story going now. Two couples forging forward? A new set of characters? I’m unsure, but I’ll be reading on.

The narration was excellent and the accents were spot on.

Thank you to Tor Books and Black Crow PR for the review copy.


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