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One of our Books of the Year 2013.
This remarkable debut is the first book in the Chronicles of Light and Shadow trilogy, merging modern-day Steampunk with elements of nineteenth century gothic fiction to create an exciting cocktail of exploration, romance and the supernatural. Plenty of fantastical machinery combined with corsets, fairies and magic conjures up a heady mix, which is a little heavy on plot and light on characterisation.
In a Golden Age where spark reactors power the airways, and creatures of Light and Shadow walk openly among us, a deadly game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun. When an unusual cargo drags airship-pilot Elle Chance into the affairs of the mysterious Mr Marsh, she must confront her destiny and do everything in her power to stop the Alchemists from unleashing a magical apocalypse.
'The soon-to-be high-priestess of British steampunk' The Independent
'a distinctive read, made so much better by Schwarz's undoubted skill as a writer and story teller, creating a world of richly layered environments ... I'm not really sure what else you could ask from a novel: believable characters, an engrossing plot, written by a capable author ... highly enjoyable sci-fi-online The world itself is beautifully realised, and mixes a few well-loved steampunk staples (you can't escape airships, for example) with some unique ideas that really bring it to life ... genuine brilliance' GeekPlanetOnline.com
Publication date: 08/08/2013
Publisher: Del Rey an imprint of Ebury Press
|Publication date:||8th August 2013|
|Publisher:||Del Rey an imprint of Ebury Press|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Fantasy,|
Liesel Schwarz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and lives and works in the UK. A life-long fan of 19th Century Gothic literature, she is a hopeless romantic and loves Victorians, Steampunk, fairies, fantasy monsters, the Fin de siecle, and the correct way to drink absinthe.More About Liesel Schwarz