The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are... show more
The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Ben's life and their own livelihoods.
But Benjamin Gunn isn't a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect.
When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret and her city.
Brother's Ruin is the first in a new gaslamp fantasy series by Emma Newman
Publish date: 2017-03-14
Pages no: 192
Edition language: English
Series: Industrial Magic (#1)
The Society for Esoteric Arts are the people who regulate magic in this world and they wield an iron rod. When a new magician is found they are obliged to join the order and contribute to the empire. When you are found and if you are found to be powerful you are bid on by various mages and this can...
Series: Industrial Magic #1 The second novella in Emma Newman's Industrial Magic series came out last week, and I was just hazy enough on the details of the first one that I decided to reread it before reading the second (plus novella so it's short). If anything, I think I enjoyed it more this tim...
This is the start of a new series of Gaslight fantasies. I found it to be the rare case where the author's skill invoked certain present day realities that added to the urgency and ultimate anxiety of the narrative. Recommended with reservations.
I can never quite articulate why I find all of Emma Newman's books so utterly enthralling, but I'm pleased to say that Brother's Ruin is no exception. Compared to some of her other more serious works such as Planetfall, I found this novella a pure escapist pleasure. The story takes place in an alter...
4 starsMay Contain SpoilersI love these Tor novellas. There are times when I'm in the mood for a shorter read, because of time constraints or frame of mind, but I still want something that feels meaty. These novellas hit the spot every time. Brother's Ruin is a magical steampunk adventure with a ...