A young scriptologist with the ability to write worlds into creation joins forces with a group of other geniuses to save her kidnapped mother.
Gwendolyn Clare earned her BA in ecology, BS in geophysics, and recently finished a PhD in mycology. She is a New Englander transplanted to North Carolina where she cultivates a vegetable garden, tends a flock of backyard ducks, and practices martial arts.
"This debut novel is fully realized steampunk-fantasy, offering an alternate history that deftly and creatively adopts the politics of 19th-century Italy to create a compellingly unique world...exciting and original." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Clare's debut is built upon an intriguing premise, and a measured beginning soon gives way to a more action-packed second half. A solid series starter featuring a competent, flawed heroine that's built for sf fans." --Booklist