Medical student Felicia Sanchez is only trying to help an injured man when she slips through a time rip and into 19th century New Orleans, one very different than the one she knows from history books.
The only person who can get her home is Professor Seamus Connor, a former convict seeking a quiet life of obscurity. But even the "mad Irishman" knows that recreating a freak accident is next to impossible.
With the help of a local street urchin, they discover that their problems run deeper than solely getting Felicia back to her own time. The three of them must unravel the secrets of a steam engine that operates upon a scientific impossibility and the mysteries of a grand cathedral at the center of town, where clockwork automatons perform for rapt audiences.
But can a convict, a guttersnipe and an accidental time traveler prevent the destruction of a city and the death of thousands? Others are watching, and Felicia may not be the only time traveler in New Orleans.
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Historical fiction with a little steampunk mixed in. Having read Ms. Blackwood's first novel, The Hounds of Autumn, I think it leaned a little more toward steampunk than this book. There are elements of futuristic machines and time travel, as well as steam carriages, but I think rather than a steampunk story, it's a historical fiction story that contains some steampunk-like characters. The world of the story itself is not steampunk. Felicia Sanchez, modern day medical student, finds herself transported through time in the midst of a bus accident. She is catapulted back over a century in time to pre-civil war New Orleans. The man responsible is Seamus Connor, who brings Felicia through a rip in time while trying to find the secret of a machine developed by his nemesis, Oren McCullen, based on an engine plan stolen from Seamus. Felicia and Seamus work together to try and solve the puzzle of McCullen's machine to try and send Felicia while learning about New Orleans past and present from each other, and befriending a street orphan named HenryThe story line is well-written, characters are believable, but not extremely well-developed. The plot is rather linear, but for quick, enjoyable read, I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and steampunk alike.