Flight is freedom, but death hangs in the skies....
Taya soars over Ondinium on metal wings. She is an Icarus, a courier privileged to travel freely across the city's sectors and mingle indiscriminately amongst its castes. But even she cannot outfly the web of terrorism, loyalty, murder, and intrigue that snares her after a daring mid-air rescue. Taya finds herself entangled with the Forlore brothers, scions of an upper-class family: handsome, brilliant Alister, who sits on Ondinium's governing council and writes programs for the Great Engine; and awkward, sharp-tongued Cristof, who has exiled himself from his caste and repairs clocks in the lowest sector of the city. Both hide dangerous secrets, in the city that beats to the ticking of a clockwork heart.
About the Author
Dru Pagliassotti is a professor of communication at California Lutheran University, where she teaches media theory and practice. She published and edited The Harrow, an online literary magazine for fantasy and horror, from 1998 to 2009. As a long-time roleplayer, Dru worked at About.Com's Guide to roleplaying games from 1998 to 2001, writing weekly columns about roleplaying and reviewing hundreds of RPG systems and supplements; she had a brief appearance in About.Com's very first commercial, dressed as a swordswoman in a black doublet and pantaloons. Her martial arts training in judo, ju-jitsu, and aikido comes in handy when writing fight scenes.
Table of Contents
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- Gingerbread People by Colleen Anderson
- Meteor Lake by Kevin Cockle
- Homebody by Gemma Files
- Snowglobes by Lisa L Hannett
- The Dog’s Paw by Derek Künsken
- The Flowers of Katrina by Claude Lalumière
- Goldmine by Daniel LeMoal
- The Salamander’s Waltz by Catherine MacLeod
- Weary, Bone Deep by Michael Matheson
- The Windemere by Susie Moloney
- Black Hen A La Ford by David Nickle
- Day Pass by Ian Rogers
- Fiddleheads by Douglas Smith
- Dwelling on the Past by Simon Strantzas
- Heart of Darkness by Edo van Belkom
- Fishfly Season by Halli Villegas
- Road Rage by Bev Vincent
- Crossroads Blues by Robert J. Wiersema
- Honesty by Rio Youers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This fantasy/romance tale takes place in a very stratified society. Taya is an icarus, a courier (with metal wings) who can move freely between the social classes in the city of Ondinium. A person's class is tattooed on their forehead; only through reincarnation can a person rise in class. One day, Taya saves an Exalted (members of the elite class) and her son from what could have been a mid-air disaster. There is a growing terrorism problem in Ondinium; was this their handiwork? Her heroism attracts the attention of Exalted Alister Forlore, a member of the ruling council (he is also very handsome). He also writes computer programs for the Great Engine, the analytical engine that helps to run the city. He has written a program that is supposed to predict a person's most compatible mate. Taya also meets Alister's brother, Christof. He is a sarcastic you-know-what who has renounced his Exalted status and lives in the Ondinium equivalent of the inner city. Tempting as it is, Taya knows that having any sort of intimate relationship with an Exalted is a really bad idea. A few days later, an aircar in which Alister was supposed to be riding explodes in midair. There is no chance for a definite identification of the dead, but everyone assumes that Alister is dead. It becomes known that someone has been trying to run unauthorized programs in the Great Engine, which is a huge offense, even for an Exalted. Taya and Christof learn, to their shock, that Alister staged his own death, and that his personal-compatibility program is only the beginning of his plans for the people of Ondinium. I totally enjoyed this book. It's got steampunk, and it's got really good writing that is easy to read. It also has a bit of romance. I am very interested in reading the other parts of this trilogy (whenever they are available).