One of my more delightful discoveries last year was the Steeplejack series by A.J. Hartley. A “steeplejack” is a craftsman who repairs chimneys, church steeples, and the like. In a 19th-century milieu like that of the Steeplejack series, it is an extraordinarily dangerous occupation. Hartley’s Steeplejack series follows Ang, a Steeplejack-turned-private detective of sorts, whose skills get put to plenty of use in racing across the South Africa-inspired Bar-Selehm. I don’t read much YA these days, but I really loved the first two books in the series. You can find my reviews of Steeplejack and Firebrand here and here, respectively.
Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme coordinated by Wishful Endings.
In A. J. Hartley’s thrilling and intriguing 19th-century South African-inspired fantasy world,
which started with the Thriller Award-winning Steeplejack and continues with Guardian, Anglet Sutonga is a teenage detective fighting in a race against time as her beloved city is pushed to the brink.
This is what Ang knows:
A dear friend is accused of murdering the Prime Minister of Bar-Selehm.
A mysterious but fatal illness is infecting the poor.
A fanatical politician seizes power, unleashing a wave of violent repression over the city.
This is what Ang must do:
Protect her family.
Solve a murder.
RESIST, no matter what, before it’s too late.
Guardian comes out on June 12. Pre-order it from Amazon now!