I Can't Wait for... The Sin in the Steel by Ryan Van Loan

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about and have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released, but not necessarily. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was originally hosted at Breaking the Spine.

My pick for this week is a debut fantasy set in a diverse world, featuring dead gods, a pirate queen, shapeshifting mages, and two partners in crime-solving...

Title: The Sin in the Steel

Author: Ryan Van Loan

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: July 21, 2020

Genres: Fantasy

Shelves: Female-fronted

Ryan Van Loan's The Sin in the Steel is a sparkling debut fantasy set in a diverse world, featuring dead gods, a pirate queen, shapeshifting mages, and a Sherlockian teenager determined to upend her society.

Heroes for hire. If you can pay.

Brilliant street-rat
Her mind leaps from clues to conclusions in the blink of an eye.

Buc’s partner-in-crime.

No. Not in crime―in crime-solving.

They’ve been hired for their biggest job yet―one that will set them up for a life of ease.

If they survive.

Buc and Eld are the first private detectives in a world where pirates roam the seas, mages speak to each other across oceans, mechanical devices change the tide of battle, and earthly wealth is concentrated in the hands of a powerful few.

It’s been weeks since ships last returned to the magnificent city of Servenza with bounty from the Shattered Coast. Disaster threatens not just the city’s trading companies but the empire itself. When Buc and Eld are hired to investigate, Buc swiftly discovers that the trade routes have become the domain of a sharp-eyed pirate queen who sinks all who defy her.

Now all Buc and Eld have to do is sink the Widowmaker's ship….

Unfortunately for Buc, the gods have other plans.

Unfortunately for the gods, so does Buc.


  1. Pirates and shapeshifting mages?! Sounds good to me!

    My CWW

  2. I'm so happy I have a copy of this! I can't wait😁

  3. Ooh, pirate queen and shapeshifters sound great.

  4. Barb @ Booker T's FarmMay 14, 2020 at 5:59 AM

    I just got an arc of this - hope I love it!

  5. Shapeshifters and pirates?? Ooo... I LOVE the sound of this one!


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