In the Year of Steam and Sorcery

In the Year of Steam and Sorcery

17 chapters / 79336 words

Approximately about 7 hours to read

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In the year 1836 Britain, while notionally a monarchy, is controlled by a group of powerful sorceresses. As much as they try, they are unable to completely suppress technology and the growing industrial revolution.

Sixteen year old Milo Whitlaw is summonded to London to stay with his mother's cousin, the Duke of Sussex, who says the boy needs to learn more about the world than he will see in his quiet country house. Still struggling to deal with his sister's suicide and his father's increasing distance, Milo relishes the chance. Accompanied by his adopted brother, Tobin, he finds himself thrown into a city beyond his imagination. But under the surface a struggle for power is brewing and the currents threaten to separate the two brothers in every way.

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over 3 years ago Rowana Renee said:

I've finished with the first chapter and plan to read the rest as well, which should tell you something about my reaction to the first chapter.

I'll be leaving you an actual review in the morning, if that's quite alright. The story is excellent so far, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest ^_^

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29:01:2015 rwstriped

over 3 years ago Alyssa Carlier said:

So, last chapter.

“who Rosney had been able to read” — Technically, it should be ‘whom’. However, considering Rosney hasn’t received the best education, keeping it like this is fine too.

“Instead the man polite, grateful even” — Missing a was here.

“Do it yourself you lazy bum!” — Ahahahaha. I do enjoy Rosney’s ... shall we call it bluntness?

“Two hours in a coach, five hours on a train and two years of not knowing” — Nice parallelism, although may I suggest amending the last to “two years in ignorance”? Keeps the same arrangement, if you know what I mean.

I’m still enjoying Milo and Tobin’s banter :D Ooh, hello Lily! Nice cameo, ties up that little sort-of thread.

I suppose that means we’ll never find out what really happened to Ramae. *ponders, ponders* Ah well. Katja is a princess? *giggles* That’s really sweet! And I cannot imagine Rosney as a Danish count. :P “Count Black of Denmark”, hehe.

Nice how you ended with the grave scene again, since we started there. And the historian’s notes (which I figured wasn’t really a chapter) tied up everything neatly. So we have a pretty much happy ending with the occasional setback. Lovely conclusion.

P.S.: So we’re at the end of this, and coincidentally I plan to put ASOS under brutal editing for a few months, so why don’t we pick this up with Part III of ASOS and one of your other novels/WIPs then? I’ll let you know when I’m done :D

Happy New Year!

29:01:2015 rwstriped

over 3 years ago Alyssa Carlier said:

Chapter 15:

This was a really heartwarming chapter, mainly tying up loose ends. I have this feeling it’s not all over, seeing as there are still two more chapters to go, but that’s just a hunch. Anyways, moving on.

I guess the farmer turned out to be a hospitable person. He seems like the nice sort, if gruff, so it’s a nice change from all the scheming people back in the city.

I’m wondering about how the riot really was. It’s quite interesting how the sorceresses are literally powerless now, but I have this feeling it’s not all over yet. For one, there’s still a decent chance of Ramae surviving, although it could turn out either way.

Interesting that Sharna’s letters reached Milo’s father at all. I would’ve expected the sorceresses to screen all incoming and outgoing correspondence. Still, it’s sort of sad knowing that Sharna was probably waiting for help and never got it.

Last line: cue “Aww ...” I hope that really does turn out well.