The Bloodless Assassin by Celine Jeanjean

The Bloodless Assassin by Celine Jeanjean. The Viper and the Urchin, Book 1.

Title: The Bloodless Assassin
Series: The Viper and the Urchin, Book 1
Author: Celine Jeanjean
Publisher: Enoki Press
Genre: Science Fiction (Steampunk), Fantasy
Release Date: July 27, 2015; May 2016

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He’s a foppish assassin. She’s a scrawny urchin with a big mouth. They make an unlikely team, but they’re the city’s only hope.

Being Damsport’s most elegant assassin is hard work. There are devilish poisons to concoct, secret identities to maintain, and tailoring to consider. But most importantly, Longinus has to keep his fear of blood hidden, or his reputation will be ruined.

Rory lives on the streets. After her partner-in-crime steals all her money, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to afford her dream of becoming an expert swordswoman. When she walks right into Longinus’ inadvertently bloody assassination attempt, she learns a secret that may just secure her wish.

As Longinus trains Rory in swordsmanship to keep her silence, he runs headlong into something much worse than blackmail. A copycat assassin is on the loose, and Rory and Longinus must work together to stop him. But darker forces than they realise are at play, and with time running out, the unlikely duo find themselves the last line of defence against a powerful enemy who seeks to bring Damsport to its knees.

The Bloodless Assassin is the first instalment in The Viper and the Urchin series, a collection of steampunk/fantasy books set in the tropical Victorian-like city of Damsport. If you like quirky characters, richly imagined worlds, and fast-paced action, then you’ll love Celine Jeanjean’s rollicking novel.