Tuesday, May 08, 2012
I'm actually a little torn on this one - I'm not usually a fan of alternate histories, and I feel like I was recently burned with a similar book (Shadow Ops: Control Point). At the same time, I'm a Bond/spy fan, as well as a superhero fan, and this book looks like it might have the right combination of those two genres to be something I'll really enjoy. So call me hesitantly looking forward to this one.
SQT's can't wait to read selection is:
The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
Date: August 2, 2012
Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn't help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon's Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.
In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs. The game is afoot..
They had me at "forensic sorceress," though I'd probably pick this up just because it's by Lilith Saincrow. Orbit is coming out with some really interesting fantasy these days!