After several years, Zura has finally achieved a prominent position, Watcher in the Emperor's Household. But all that self-satisfaction is turned to bitterness and guilt when Zura witnesses the effects of the Emperor's leadership reaching all the way to House Euphrates, Zura's childhood home. What can be done to stop the spread of the Emperor's violence? Who can be trusted? And it is all too late?
I really enjoyed this short'n'sweet little book. It wasn't at all what I expected...even though I wasn't sure what to expect given the combination of "Knight" and *sniper rifle* on the cover. I was quickly attached to Zura and his position in life, his conflicting emotions, and his loyalty to people. He was sympathetic and interesting. I LOVED Augustus and the changes he was able to go through in the course of the novel. (Zurgustus 4eva!!!) The use of time travel and the "rules" which surrounded its use were very interesting and unique. I enjoyed that element a lot, though I wish we could have gotten more. The world we were introduced to was very cool...there was a blending of "old world" life styles with advanced tech and that mesh was really fun. I wish we could have gotten more information about the world, more fleshing out of the reasons why some things are the way they are. We are told that going back to using guns would be strange, but never why people moved past them in the first place. As a sucker for worldbuilding, I would have loved to learn more about this element. The only other con to me was the pacing, especially in the last half of the book. There was a lot of cool time travel weaving the story together, and it all felt like it was very fast! I usually feel this way about action-packed short books, though. I would have liked the pace to be slower and been able to savor the drama of the last half of the book because so many aspects of it were soo good! I hope there's a sequel in the works soon because I need more from this world and these characters!! <3