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Clark Treasure is the 17-yr-old son of a Tarnished Silver living in the attic of the brothel/saloon where she works when he pickpockets the wrong man and his life changes forever. On the run from those who want to use him he takes refuge with a father he’s never met. To his surprise, his new family welcomes him with open arms (well, most of them), but if he thought his father’s wealth and power would now protect him he’s in for a shock. From the frying pan into the fire, Clark’s life before will come in handy now as his life takes another turn. But is it for better? Or worse?
Two years after Clark steals and drinks from a vial with what he thinks is absinthe (but oh so is not) he decides that only his father’s wealth can protect him from the Army that’s looking for him. With a supernatural ability to bring people back from the dead and then turn around and take a life, he’ll do anything to stay out of the Army’s grasp. Even if that means confronting the father he never met. Boy, is he in for some surprises. And I was, too. Clark is a great hero. Strong, honorable, conflicted and yet he doesn’t hesitate to take a life if it means his survival or the survival of the people he considers family. I love Clark. I can’t wait to read more about him. His new sister Amethyst, on the other hand…ugh. She is spoiled rotten and shallow to the point of complete uselessness. And yet there is a tiny spark of something else there. By the end of the story I’m liking her a bit more as she grows into a more well-rounded character, but she’s still not someone I’d want to hang out with. Yet. I see potential for her to be worthy of Clark. Her brother. Yeah, it’s complicated. You’ll see. The writing is wonderful and the world is vibrant, but there is a bit of a cliffhanger. Well, it’s not so much a cliff as a steep hill. I’m looking forward to book 2, Treasure Born.