#xpressotours Blog Tour – Balthazar’s Bane by Kat Ross

Balthazar’s Bane
Kat Ross
(Gaslamp Gothic, #6)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: July 31st 2020
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling

A bungled murder.
A ridiculous quest.
And a hero with extremely dodgy credentials.

Christmas 1889. Count Balthazar Jozsef Habsburg-Koháry tries to lead a simple life.

Oh, he enjoys a few hobbies.

Collecting ancient Egyptian artifacts. Hunting necromancers with a wire garrote. Impersonating dead Hungarian nobility. Seducing an endless string of women who never suspect the price of the count’s attentions.

But considering what Balthazar used to be like, these pursuits are harmless. And surely he deserves a reward for assassinating the elusive necromancer John Mortlake in the middle of Cairo’s teeming bazaar. What could be better than a holiday cruise up the Nile with his secretary Lucas Devereaux?

There’s just one thing that might ruin his mood.

If, for example, someone stole the talisman that’s kept him alive for two thousand years.

That would really suck.

Unfortunately for Balthazar, he just killed the wrong necromancer – one with a vengeful daughter and huge debts to some very shady djinn. To get his mojo back, he and Lucas must find a legendary sword and liberate a desert kingdom of magical misfits. For centuries, the people of Al Miraj have sought a valiant champion willing to face the wrath of the arch demon Fulad-zereh!

What they get is Balthazar.

But the gods always did like a good joke.

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This is book six in the Gaslamp Gothic series, though I didn’t feel that I had to have read the first 5 books to understand this book.  It almost read like a standalone, though I did need to consult reviews of the other books for a couple of pieces of information.  I would recommend that readers start from book one, but I felt fine starting at book six.  I was so excited to discover this series through this book tour and wow, I am hooked!  It’s part Victorian, part paranormal, part Sherlock Holmes mystery, and 100% fun! 

This book has fantastic paranormal/fantasy elements blended with a rollicking narrative!  Balthazar is such an interesting character with so much flair and personality!  Also, Lucas is exceedingly interesting as well!  Of course, these characters have had 5 books before this installment for character development, but I think that both Balthazar and Lucas are well written in book six!  Zarifa is intriguing and fiery! The character development in this book series is spot on!

The main plot line in this book takes place in Egypt, a place ripe with interesting history and a history of paranormal/fantasy elements that lend themselves perfectly to this book!  I felt like I couldn’t put this book down!  There were demons, djinn, necromancers, talismans, disguises, mystery, and so much more!  I love that all of this fantastical goodness is wrapped up in an original world, featuring some of the places we love like Egypt! 

Overall, this is an extremely well written book that I would rate as “couldn’t put it down.”  I would love to read the first five books in this series!   Kat Ross is an extremely talented writer that blends developed characters into rich worlds to create masterful works of literature!  I will definitely be following along for more installments in this series!

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours, Kat Ross, and Acorn Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this book as part of this tour!

Author Bio:

Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.

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