Readers asked and Sophronia listened! Be sure to check out the updated editions of this Christian Steampunk series! Unified point of view and softened dialect should make for a superior steam and gear experience! Tea and mechanicals all around!
Florizel repairs pipes and runs the Bohemian Club until his adventuring past hurtles headlong into his dull, respectable present. A gypsy beauty with a bizarre request and a disappearing conveyance convinces him to leave retirement and join an extraordinary group of adventurers atop a mystical clockwork mountain of a hotel.
Steam beneath the Thames in a Clockwork Catfish. Hang on, if you can, to a stealth glider on a desperate flight to London. Some will flee in terror from an Indian jungle nightmare. Others will keep up the pursuit of a shadowy denizen of London's underbelly bent on raising a slave army to overthrow the social order.
Beware the Algerian mummy at Fagan's final rest. According to Spring-heeled Jack, it may unwrap the identity of a deadly enemy, or it may just be another Dodge.
"I'm sorry, but my time is very short just now. I have tried for months to locate you, and have only just today succeeded. The other members of the group I propose to create are en route or are already here. Everyone else has been made aware of my plan. I truly wish to explain things more clearly to you, and then if you agree, to invite you to attend our first meeting as a formal association tomorrow. Can I count on you to come, please, and will you hear my plan?" the woman pleaded. "This is the most important thing I've ever done, and I pray God I have chosen the right people. I also pray that the right people will choose to pledge their help." If ever a woman who had no reason to be desperate still managed to communicate desperation, it was this woman. "Very well," I nodded. "But the hotel is not so far from here and the weather has been very pleasant. I shall walk. What time do you desire me to appear?" "No, no, you cannot walk about London so late. Please. This mail coach will arrive at ten o'clock. Do not be frightened by it, please. It is perfectly safe." "Frightened by a mail coach?" I was once again hesitant. "Why would I be -- ?"
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Think along the lines of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, just with different characters drawn from Victorian fiction. This time, there's Prince Florizel, Oliver Twist, Pecos Bill, Mowgli, and other characters brought together in the Alexander Legacy Company to fight evil. This first in the series is written from the perspective of exiled Prince Florizel of Bohemia, whose throne was stolen when he was a young adult by his nefarious uncle. They are fighting their arch-nemesis, known only as Dodge, who seems to control all of the criminal activity in London and perhaps even elsewhere. There is a very strong Christian element to the characters' work, much saving of souls and winning people over to Christ. The premise of this book is a good one. However, I felt that there wasn't enough explanation as to why these particular individuals were chosen. For example, there are several mentions that Prince Florizel, after leaving Bohemia, fought against evil forces, but it is never made clear exactly what that meant. What exactly did he do that brought him to the attention of the Alexander Legacy Company? The addition of a decided steampunk element (Oliver Twist is a genius inventor, and of course, there are automatons involved) was a nice touch. The novel contained an excerpt from the second in the series, which is written from Oliver Twist's perspective. Just reading that excerpt got me incredible confused having just read over 300 pages from Florizel's perspective, but perhaps by the time I read the second novel that will have worn off.