- Dreamspinner Press
- Release Date
- February 2014
LGBTQ, Steampunk Romance
The British Empire reigns supreme, and its young Queen Victoria has expanded her realm to St. Francisco, a bustling city of English lords and Chinese ghettos. St. Francisco is a jewel in the Empire's crown and as deeply embroiled in the conflict between the Arcane and Science as its sister city, London—a very dark and dangerous battle.
Marcus Stenhill, Viscount of Westwood, stumbles upon that darkness when he encounters a pack of young bloods beating a man senseless. Westwood's duty and honor demand he save the man, but he's taken aback to discover the man is Robin Harris, a handsome young inventor indirectly responsible for the death of Marcus's father.
Living in the shadows following a failed coup, Robin devotes his life to easing others' pain, even though his creations are considered mechanical abominations of magicks and science. Branded a deviant and a murderer, Robin expects the viscount to run as far as he can—and is amazed when Marcus reaches for him instead.
Apr 04, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
117 people found the following review helpful
From the very first paragraph, Rhys Ford pulls you into the world of steampunk done right. The world is unique, a great blending of magic and mechanical machinery. Her writing is so descriptive, you can easily visualize the time and place that Marcus lives in. This world is an alternate San Francisco, still under Queen Victoria's reign.
Marcus, Viscount Westwood, is on an errand for his grandmother to fetch tea. He stumbles on a man being beaten--Robin Harris, an inventor, a toy maker and the maker of the machine that killed Marcus' father. In this time and place, inventions and machinery are considered evil abominations and science is considered witchcraft.
This story takes you along as Marcus cares for and helps Robin heal from his beating. They are living in a time when what they both want from and to do to each other is a forbidden thing.
The characters are well-rounded, with depth. I loved the secondary character of Grandmother. She adds so much to this story. This is a great read, a bit short, but well worth it.
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