They have a mission: For Queen, Country and Empire. Emma Bannon has been given her orders: to protect Archibald Clare. As a mentath, Archibald's skills of deduction are legendary, and Emma's own sorcery is not inconsiderable. Yet even these advantages may not save them. The conspiracy killing mentaths and sorcerers alike will see them dead, or worse, seduce them into treachery against their Queen. In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare will face treason, cannon fire, black mages and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs. The game is afoot...Praise for Lilith Saintcrow 'Lilith Saintcrow offers a breathtaking, fantastic ride' Gena Showalter 'Saintcrow snares readers with an amazing alternate reality that is gritty, hip and dangerously mesmerizing' Romantic Times 'Saintcrow knows how to keep the pages turning' Starburst [ISBN 9780356500928][ebook logo]visit www.orbitbooks.netwww.lilithsaintcrow.com(Thumbnails of Dante Valentine and The Hedgewitch Queen)
Multigenre talent Saintcrow (Angel Town) launches a delicious steampunk alternate London that pays more than a little stylistic homage to Sherlock Holmes, adding additional excitement in the form of magical duels, backstreet chases, battles with giant mecha, and confrontations with ancient wyrms and gryphons. Emma Bannon, a sorceress working for the spirit of Britannia and her current physical vessel, Queen Victrix, is given two tasks: collect and protect Dr. Archibald Clare, an unregistered but skilled mentath (logic genius), and find out who's behind the recent deaths of several mentaths and sorcerers. Bannon slowly begins to trust Clare, and as he uses his significant mental powers to work through the nonmagical pieces of the investigation, they become a strong team based on mutual respect. The absence of romance means a tighter focus on both action and deduction, and keeps the story appropriate for Saintcrow's younger fans. Sensual writing, intricate plotting, and sympathetically quirky, satisfyingly competent characters make this series one to watch. Agent: Miriam Kriss, Irene Goodman Literary Agency. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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August 06, 2012
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