Deadly. Mercenary. Superhuman. Not your ordinary math geek.
Cas Russell is good at math. Scary good.
The vector calculus blazing through her head lets her smash through armed men twice her size and dodge every bullet in a gunfight. She can take any job for the right price and shoot anyone who gets in her way.
As far as she knows, she’s the only person around with a superpower . . . but then Cas discovers someone with a power even more dangerous than her own. Someone who can reach directly into people’s minds and twist their brains into Moebius strips. Someone intent on becoming the world’s puppet master.
Someone who’s already warped Cas’s thoughts once before, with her none the wiser.
Cas should run. Going up against a psychic with a god complex isn’t exactly a rational move, and saving the world from a power-hungry telepath isn’t her responsibility. But she isn’t about to let anyone get away with violating her brain — and besides, she’s got a small arsenal and some deadly mathematics on her side. There’s only one problem . . .
She doesn’t know which of her thoughts are her own anymore.
This was such a fun book to read. I absolutely loved the protagonist, Cas — she’s a salty mercenary with a odd moral code, who is also freakishly good at math. Superhero good at math. It was so much fun to read the scenes where she uses her mad math skills to take down those who were after her. And, even though she is a standoffish, antihero type of character, I still really liked her and wanted to know what she was up to next.
What also makes this a good book are the supporting characters — I cared about them as well and wanted to see how their story lines would work out. They were all so different and brought out various traits in Cas.
Overall, this is an exciting, fast paced read with a strong and smart heroine who is not above making mistakes. It certainly kept me turning the pages. I can’t wait to read the next book and learn more about her backstory.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book on NetGalley for an honest review.
Today I have the opportunity to talk with epic fantasy author, Guy Estes.
What genre(s) do you write in? Tell us about your books.
I write fantasy and my debut novel is Triad. It’s a story about three people gifted by the gods, two warriors and one sorceress, and the effects those gifts have on them, now they lead to adoration yet alienation, how power has a price and corrupt, what differentiates a hero from a villain.
Tell us about your main character? What makes her so special?
The protagonist is Aleena Kurrin. She started out as a Dungeons and Dragons character I created as a teen. In the game she advanced to such a degree that there wasn’t any point in playing her anymore – she was going to win. And by then I had been doing D&D for several years and it was starting to go stale, so I started creating my own world for this character. Strong female characters are my favorite, and they’re a type that is difficult to get right and all too easy to get wrong. A strong woman does not mean she’s a cast iron *****. She’s an actual human, with all the contradictions and paradoxes that entails. Read more