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The Illustrious by Pavel Kornev
A paranormal gaslamp mystery in the best traditions of Neal Stephensonand Sara C Roethle, The Illustriousspins a tale of magic caught in the brave new world of electricity and steam.Readers who enjoy a Sherlock Holmes-style detective story with a fantasy twistwill love the flair of this supernatural Victorian whodunit.
"An amazing and complex plot with a lotof surprises"
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"Steampunk page turner"
In this world, science took the place ofmagic. Meanwhile, the transition from the era of steam to the epoch of SublimeElectricity is already underway. But magic hasn't simply disappeared without atrace. It still exists, concealed in the blood of the illustrious.
Detective constable Leopold Orso of themetropolitan police counts himself among their number. He was bestowed a talentthat allows him to bring others' fears to life.
Leopold didn't go looking for trouble.All he really wanted was to gain access to his rightful inheritance. But, hispeaceful life came to an end when a box from his grandmother's estate caughtthe interest of a mysterious cabal of conspirators, police and bloodthirstymalefics.
His new enemies have an arsenal ofsix-barreled machine guns, backpack flamethrowers and hordes of hellspawn. Hemay escape with his life, but it won't be easy!