Jim Butcher has a winner with this one.

The Aeronaut's Windlass - Jim  Butcher

Bridget had never really given much thought to what it might be like to be held prisoner with her captor's hand quite literally threatening to choke the life out of her, but she felt quite sure that she would never have imagined that the experience would primarily be tedious.

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