"Now, truely, I was awoken. I was in love."
Alas, not the first in the series. I believe this one is the second, but I feel no pressing confusion that makes me put this one down and go find the first book.
The protagonist is an NYC actress, out of work at the moment. She picks up some shifts at a local area restaurant which happens to be the favorite hangout of the Mob. While there, she witnesses an incredibly improbable murder. From there it just gets more complicated, eventually including magic, a Great Dane, explosions, a cop boyfriend, and doppelgangers.
It's quite an enjoyable read so far.
Young adult style fiction by Sanderson! There are pictures! I handed the book to my 10 year old this morning. By lunch she was at least 1/3 of the way through. Maybe half way.
I would have called it steampunk, then I read the afterword and Sanderson refers to it as gearpunk. Never heard that word before.
He magic is based on chalk, drawing, and geometry. Sanderson is a genius at innovative magical systems.