The Earl of Brass: Book One of the Ingenious Mechanical Devices

The Earl of Brass: Book One of the Ingenious Mechanical Devices


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Eilian Sorrell is no stranger to cheating death, but when a dirigible accident costs him his arm, he fears his days of adventuring are over. As the eldest son of the Earl of Dorset, Lord Sorrell knows he will face a bleak future among London's aristocracy unless he can escape. On a quest to return to his old life, Lord Sorrell commissions a prosthetic arm, but the craftsman isn't quite what he expected.
Fenice Brothers Prosthetics is in trouble. Hadley's brother is dead, and she is forced to pick up the pieces and finish what he started. When clients begin turning her away, she fears she will fail until she crosses paths with the enigmatic Lord Sorrell. In exchange for a new arm, he offers her a chance at adventure in the deserts of Palestine.
Beneath the Negev's sand lies something far more precious than potsherds or bones. A long lost crystal city has been found that could change Eilian and Hadley's world forever, but they aren't the only ones who know its secrets. Will they make it out alive or will they, too, be buried beneath the desert sands?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990502203
Publisher: Fox Collie Publishing
Publication date: 06/26/2014
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Kara Jorgensen is an author and professional student from New Jersey who will probably die slumped over a Victorian novel. An anachronistic oddball from birth, she has always had an obsession with the Victorian era, especially the 1890s. Midway through a dissection in a college anatomy class, Kara realized her true passion was writing and decided to marry her love of literature and science through science fiction or, more specifically, steampunk. When she is not writing, she is watching period dramas, going to museums, or babying her beloved dogs.

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Sandigger More than 1 year ago
This historical romance story is quite different from the usual historical romance. It’s a time of machines...flying balloon type conveyances called dirigibles and steamers for automobiles. A time when artificial limbs were made of porcelain and is the start of the story. Hadley Fenice is working with her older brother on a replacement arm for a nobleman. He is quite sick with consumption and Hadley is so sad because she knows he isn’t long the world. She keeps him working on this project so has something to do instead of giving up and dying. When he is gone it will leave only her and her twin brother although she is close to a female cousin who turns out to be a doctor. It’s at this point you know the book isn’t going to be your average story for the times. It’s a very interesting story and picks up speed after the brother dies and Hadley tries to keep the prosthetic side of the business going. Better than your average plot. I enjoyed it very much.
CinW More than 1 year ago
As a writer, there are books I read for fun. And then there are books I read to learn from. When I first started The Earl of Brass, I was expecting a fun ride. A steampunk adventure. I thought 'Hey, maybe I can learn a little something about the genre while I'm at it.'  I got everything I asked for. A strong, solid plot filled with great dialogue and all the elements one requires in a steampunk novel. I also enjoyed Jorgensen's writing; so much so that there are parts of her book that I have marked to go back and read over again simply because I enjoyed them so much. But there is more. The one thing I got from The Earl of Brass that I did not expect was inspiration.  As I read about the adventures of Lord Eilian Sorrell, I kept getting hit by what I call the 'wow' factor. This book made me want to sit down and work on my own steampunk series.  Sure, there is action and drama and more steampunky goodness than you can shake a stick at. There are underlying conflicts created by the social structure which existed in 1890. And Jorgensen's characters work beautifully in the world she has created. For me as a reader, this was an enjoyable book that I will be returning to.  But for me as a writer? This book was a treasure. A story so strong that I can only hope to match Jorgensen's grasp of the genre one day. I will be studying her work - and future stories - with the critical eye of a student, not just a reader or reviewer. So if you are into steampunk, sci-fi, or just damn good stories, pick up The Earl of Brass. You will find yourself a story to come back to time and time again. It's the best thing a reader can ask for. .