Rigg, Hari, and Morganith are the Keymasters, master thieves and warriors for justice, reduced to sad and squalid circumstances after their ultimate heist went bad. Demons and half-demon in a human-colonized world, they live in the margins, creating and caring for each other until the horror they thought they'd hidden from comes back to call. On the run with a beautiful defector of their worst enemy's keep, they're promised their freedom for one more heist, if they can save each other from the double crossing and ugliness of those in power.
Ash Gray approached me to read her novel, and I did with great pleasure. The Thieves of Nottica has an awesome Steampunk Tank Girl Times Three vibe, with a diverse cast of women taking on a truly ugly world, one that reflects the ugliness of our own, while creating their own goodness against awful odds. If you are seeking an escape, this may not be a book for you--the team deals with sexual violence, transmisogyny and speciesism--but the girls always come away, guns smoking. The details are spot on--the evil frog mechanicals, folding guns, high-stakes heights and tender moments of demon cellular memories of a better, more beautiful time. An adventure novel at heart, The Thieves of Nottica also addresses issues of bodily autonomy and womens' choices, the nature of humanity and what makes love--brought to the spotlight by a sweet demon-and-android romance. A nonstop adventure and one that will have me keep an eye on Ash Gray's future releases.