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Gargoyles & Absinthe

Gargoyles & Absinthe

by Eric Avedissian


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Paris, 1887

Fifty-five years after the Second Republic arose from rebellion, France is a technological juggernaut and envy of the civilized world. Airships ply the skies, steam wagons crowd the streets, and automaton soldiers guard palaces and factories. Darkness and soot choke a city where innocent blood flows freer than wine at stately banquets.

Nanette Lamaine lives underground in Paris’s catacombs with her overprotective but brilliant magician father Hercule and their pet gargoyle Gaston. By day she tinkers on inventions in her laboratory while nights are spent keeping Gaston out of trouble.

When magic is outlawed and government agents murder her father, Nanette seeks out Paris’s greatest sorceress–the mysterious Madame Astrid–who schools her in the thaumaturgical fighting arts, an elegant combination of physical agility and elemental magic.

Nanette and Gaston reluctantly join the Flywheel Fellowship, a ragtag band of misfits determined to topple the sadistic Admiral Aguillon. But revolutions don’t always run smoothly, and Nanette finds herself with France’s most incompetent rebels; an idealistic but cowardly poet, a sarcastic clockwork thief, and an anarchist who’d rather bake soufflés than fight.

As Nanette comes to grips with her role as a leader, she realizes the past affects her actions and that she must fight for respect. In a city where magicians are scared and gargoyles sentient, Nanette risks everything to unravel a conspiracy that could shake the Second Republic to its core, or destroy what remaining family she has left.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946024992
Publisher: Aurelia Leo
Publication date: 02/23/2020
Pages: 166
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Eric Avedissian is an author, game designer, and award-winning journalist. His published works include the science fiction/pulp roleplaying game Ravaged Earth, and short stories "Citizen Alpha" in Outposts of Beyond and "Confession of Irving Endicott" in Aphotic Realm. His story "Liverpool Band Battle 1982" appears in the anthology Across the Universe. He lives in New Jersey where his hobbies include reading, hiking the pinelands, and battling writer's block. You can follow him on Twitter @angryreporter.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Catacomb Dwellers

Chapter Two: The Great Hercule Lamine

Chapter Three: Flight of the Gargoyles

Chapter Four: Tragic Homecoming

Chapter Five: Madame Astrid

Chapter Six: A Taste of Absinthe

Chapter Seven: The Sorceress's Protégé

Chapter Eight: Clank! Click! Whirr!

Chapter Nine: Raissa and Omar

Chapter Ten: The Witch's Eye

Chapter Eleven: Thick as Thieves

Chapter Twelve: Admiral Agullion

Chapter Thirteen: Deepest Dark

Chapter Fourteen: The Flywheel Fellowship

Chapter Fifteen: Training Day

Chapter Sixteen: Here Be Monsters

Chapter Seventeen: Roissy-en-Brie

Chapter Eighteen: Nanette's Gambit

Chapter Nineteen: We Meet Again

Chapter Twenty: Vale of Nightmares

Chapter Twenty-One: The Gaston Strategem

Chapter Twenty-Two: Sweet Solitude

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