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The Queen of All Crows



“I absolutely loved The Queen of All Crows. It’s a gripping alternative history adventure set in an intriguing world. Elizabeth Barnabus is possibly my favourite steampunk main character ever: resourceful, fearless, unusually observant and emotionally intelligent. I was thrilled to follow her to the ends of the world as a reader.”
– Emmi Itäranta, award-winning author of Memory of Water

The great machine tilted back and began to fall. Every loose thing slid or tumbled toward the rear of the carriages. Smoke poured from the engines as they battled the inevitable pull of gravity. From a distance the end seemed slow, dreadfully slow, yet magnificent.

Scientific progress has been stifled for 200 years and the arms race outlawed. But something is stirring in the wilderness beyond the borders of civilisation.

When an airship is destroyed over the North Atlantic, Elizabeth Barnabus loses her dearest friend. Setting out to investigate, she discovers forces at work that may be about to bring the age of order crashing down.

File Under: Fantasy [ A Lost Airship | On the Sargasso | Stowaway Bay | The Crow Queen ]

The First Book in The Map of Unknown Things

The year is 2012 but it might as well be the Victorian age. The nations of the world are overseen by the International Patent Office, and its ruthless stranglehold on technology. When airships start disappearing in the middle of the Atlantic, the Patent Office is desperate to discover what has happened. Forbidden to operate beyond the territorial waters of member nations, they send spies to investigate in secret. One of those spies is Elizabeth Barnabus. She must overcome her dislike of the machinations of her employers, disguise herself as a man, and take to the sea in search of the floating nation of pirates who threaten the world order.