Halcyon, Book One
About the book
When a mysterious explosion destroys an airship, four strangers are brought together to uncover a bizarre conspiracy to assassinate the queen and plunge the nation of Marrakesh into war. Those four strangers are:
- Taziri Ohana, the brilliant young inventor responsible for the experimental airship Halcyon,
- Syfax Zidane, a cunning but brutal detective recently transferred from the army,
- Qhora Yupanqui, an exiled princess who travels the world astride a giant feathered raptor, and
- Lorenzo Quesada, a master swordsman who can commune with the spirits of the dead.
Their investigation ranges across the country from steamships to locomotives, and even into ancient tombs to find secret meetings, deadly beasts, and bizarre machines that reveal a far-reaching plot against the royal family. Taziri encounters a bionic ambassador with a shocking touch, a Samaritan assassin with a love of stilettos, and a cruel doctor conducting experiments using Taziri’s own inventions!
With hired killers lurking in every shadow and worker riots erupting on every street corner, Taziri quickly learns to defend herself as only an engineer can – with her machines. But despite all her efforts, her country’s only hope for peace may be her beloved airship Halcyon plummeting out of the burning sky.
The Halcyon trilogy of steampunk thrillers:
Book 1: The Burning Sky
Book 2: The Broken Sword
Book 3: The Bound Soul
The Other Earth series
This is a work of historical fantasy. Some of this world may be familiar to you. But in this world, Europe never emerged from the last Ice Age and only the southern regions are habitable. North Africa is cool, wet, and fertile. Ancient nations such as the Persian Empire have persisted, though others, such as the Romans, never rose to power. Some of the countries in this world reflect the cultures and attitudes of the Renaissance while others reflect the Industrial Age. Historical figures appear, though they too may be different from the ones you have known.
And while this world is separate and unique from our own, it generally resembles our world in the sixteenth century in some ways. But only some. Don’t expect this world to conform to the history that you know. The people and places are different. The climate and wildlife are different. Even death is different here.