People didn’t usually yell apologies while they were trying to kill you. It made it difficult to know how to retaliate.
The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher (a pen name of Ursula Vernon) is the second part and conclusion to Clocktaur War, the story that began in Clockwork Boys about an apparent suicide mission undertaken by a thief, a paladin, an assassin, and a scholar. If you like fantasy, like, at all, you should read these books. I’ve already stated that I’m a big fan of Ursula Vernon’s work, and this book just further reinforces that opinion. She’s great. I haven’t finished reading ALL of her stuff, but I’m going to. You should too.