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Highfell Grimoires
     

Highfell Grimoires

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by Langley Hyde
 

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Born to privilege and gifted in languages and spells, Neil Franklin has planned his brilliant future well. From academic accolades to finding a proper marriage he is intent upon upholding his family name and honor. The sudden death of his parents shatters all of that, leaving Neil and his younger sister beggared and orphaned.

When Neil's estranged uncle offers him a

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Born to privilege and gifted in languages and spells, Neil Franklin has planned his brilliant future well. From academic accolades to finding a proper marriage he is intent upon upholding his family name and honor. The sudden death of his parents shatters all of that, leaving Neil and his younger sister beggared and orphaned.

When Neil's estranged uncle offers him a bargain that will save him and his sister from debtor's prison or exile, Neil eagerly agrees. Handing over the family grimoire as collateral for his debt, Neil devotes himself to working as a teacher for wayward youth at a boarding school high in the clouds.

But Highfell Hall is not the charity Neil imagines it to be and the young men there aren't training for the dull lives of city clerks. Amidst the roaring engines and within the icy stone halls, machinations and curious devices are at work. And one man, the rough and enigmatic Leofa, holds the key to both the desire that Neil has fled from all his life and a magic as dangerous as treason.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 03/31/2014
The financial recklessness and sudden deaths of Cornelius “Neil” Franklin’s parents leaves him and his sister in dire straits. Unable to complete his studies, Neil accepts a teaching position from his uncle Gerard at Highfell Hall, one of the many special schools floating high above the city of Herrow and powered by the mysterious aether. But Highfell Hall proves grim and strange, and, as Neil gets to know his students and their gruff caretaker, Leofa, he is drawn into a thick web of secrets, desires, romance, and betrayals. This is a gripping, beautifully written, and thoroughly enjoyable example of steampunk: rife with class injustice, intrigue, and mislaid identities; blending the best parts of the modern thriller and the Victorian sensation novel; and full of endearing, believable characters. (May)
From the Publisher
"Delightfully inventive and engaging. Hyde conjures a world I want to visit again and again." -- Ginn Hale, award-winning author of Wicked Gentlemen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935560289
Publisher:
Blind Eye Books
Publication date:
05/20/2014
Pages:
322
Sales rank:
1,058,044
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Read an Excerpt

Hanging midair, the gravity-defying vessels called aetheria still filled me with awe. Powered by the invisible current of aether, the great floating ships' upper decks supported educational institutions and the wealthiest peerage show homes.
Although I had no iolite lens with which to see it, I knew that the unprocessed aether gusted and rolled around us, scentless and intangible. The current running along the River Wyrd was among the most powerful in Higher Eidoland.
Like navy vessels on fleet review, the great ships pivoted in unison so that their prows faced into the air stream. The massive chains that anchored them to earth glittered with frost.
Gliders, their silk wings glimmering metallically in the sunshine, scudded around the aetheria like skiffs.
Higher aetheria, outfitted with belowdecks boilers and adorned with promenade-level gardens, held marble institutions of higher learning. Our craft plunged past their stained glass windows, gilded domes, and fluttering pennants. As we descended past the upper aetheria's hulls, palatial residence halls and half-domed astronomical observatories gave way to varnished wooden hulls studded with massive intake fans. These drew in aether along with atmosphere, through wind tunnels lined by copper wires inscribed with aetheric trapping spells.
Steamy exhaust from the turbines gusted around us. It smelled hotly of metal and was edged with an iron tang reminiscent of blood.
Positioned between the mooring chains of higher aetheria and caught sometimes in their shadows, the lesser institutions hovered. These were dingier, their gardens less extensive. Although I had often viewed them from above, never in my life had I thought I would step foot on one in any capacity. As we dropped into their midst, anxious determination as well as curiosity coursed through me. I would make the best of it.

Meet the Author

first fell in love with steampunk while studying at Oxford University. There she divided her time between reading about alchemy and heresy in Duke Humfrey's Library, and visiting London to gawk at Babbage's Difference Engine. Her hobbies include making wire sculptures, talking to cats, and wearing tiny hats.

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Highfell Grimoires 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WyndDancer More than 1 year ago
An incredible steampunk M/M romance. The world building is excellent and completely original, and there are several plot twists that are a real surprise. You will fall in love w/ Neil and Leofa and the students at Highfell Hall.