‘A Pinch of Salt: A Towers of the Earth Novella’ is a prequel to a new series by Nita Round. I’m eagerly awaiting the publication of the next book, as this novella laid a great foundation and has me intrigued. Magda is a soldier and diplomat, but has felt the need to disguise herself as a man in order to participate in these roles in her society. Ascara, a soldier in training, is a determined and able woman who has had to fight against the prejudices of those around her. When the pair end up together in hospital, they begin a friendship that leads them in a quest to bring wrongdoers to justice. In a mission to find pirates and the gifted who attacked their friend, they find themselves discovering secrets and lies. Will they succeed? And who are these pirates and gifted individuals? It was quite an adventure finding out.

I must admit to loving a story where tech, unusual powers and a society built on the imagination of a great writer co-exist. This book has all of that. The world envisaged by Nita Round has a steampunk vibe, fantastic characters and the promise of a series that is going to have me completely hooked. This novella whetted my appetite for what is to come. I really enjoyed it.

I was given this ARC for review.

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