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.
"The novel samples historical figures the way a hip-hop album might sample a classic riff: it opens a window to European history, lets in fresh air, and sends facts flying... This novel is a source of serious fun." --School and Library Journal (starred review) "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 (starred review) "Clare's debut is built upon an intriguing premise... A solid series starter featuring a competent, flawed heroine that's built for sf fans." --Booklist "There's much more to uncover in the political machinations of each world, and a gasp-worthy ending ensures a sequel." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books