Building a Trade Empire focuses on business and trade, and while these do come with some level of danger it’s not the usual series of battles and challenges one encounters in the traditional fantasy story. This on its own distinguishes Building a Trade Empire, but the effortless, seamless inclusion of steampunk elements in the worldbuilding ensures that this book is unforgettable. Shaw stomps on the clichés surrounding female lead characters. She’s a firm but generous leader, and although her vision difficulties pose a unique challenge, she’s never the damsel in distress. While Shaw is a little insecure about her appearance, in general she’s a clever, capable character who I found both endearing and admirable. There were occasions where I felt success came a little too easily in the story and I would’ve liked to see the characters face more critical challenges. Building a Trade Empire is an engrossing and highly enjoyable adventure nonetheless, and although it is the fourth instalment of Horsman’s Wyrms of Pasandir series, it can be read as a stand-alone.
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