There are two main characters, Buc and Eld. Buc is a street rat with an ability to see clues like Sherlock Holmes and Eld is an ex solider. Together 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.
Ships carrying sugar have been disappearing so Buc and Eld are hired to investigate, if they fail they will be executed and if they succeed then Buc wins a seat on the Kanados Trading Company’s board.
It gets interesting when the pirate queen and dead gods do battle with Buc and Eld. Overall this story is not my usual genre so I was a bit lost. There is just so much involved. Thank you to Tor Books and BookishFirst for an ARC copy. This is my honest review.