Night Huntress by Mak Long
Fía rose to her knees and stretched, arms extended, the arch of her spine taut and poised like a longbow ready to release. Lithe, defined musculature rippled under her burnished skin and Ailrun was enraptured. Fía was the symphonic harmony of yielding flesh and unbending metal.
Ailrun may be an upstart Northwoman, a foreigner and a barbarian to the denizens of the decadent Free Cities of the Middle Sea, but she’s a uniquely talented airship pilot with ideas above her station. When she’s finally given a chance to prove her worth on a perilous contraband run, she discovers that her cargo is a legendary asura – a woman of flesh and living metal, attuned to machines. Her name is Fía and she is coveted by both the shadowy factions of the rich and decaying city of Pollenza and a messianic elven warrior-queen who seeks to overthrow her human masters and end her people’s exile.
Night Huntress is a darkly erotic fantasy novel set in ancient civilisation in its waning days, living in the shadows of former glory. Caught between love, ambition, and shifting loyalties, Ailrun must learn to navigate this cruel and mysterious world.