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Steal the Sky: 02/21/16
Steal the Sky by Megan E. O'Keefe is the start of the The Scorched Continent series. It's an airship adventure and the intersection of science fiction and fantasy.
Detan Honding and his cohort Tibs are in Aransa, an oasis city near a volcano known for its selium, a lighter than air material that keeps the airships aloft but also helps the doppels (who prefer the term illusionists) change their appearance. They are there to pull off the heist of the century, the taking of an exiled commandant's airship.
Does this heist go down as planned? No, of course not. That would make for a short and boring book. Instead, Detan and Tibs find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery and a potential coup. There is a rogue doppel taking the face of important people in the city.
There's a ton of world building, character building, and plot in this 450 page book, more than I could ever cover in a typical short review. All together this first installment reminds me of the excellent animé series, Xam'd.