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Publisher's Summary

A fantastical steampunk first-contact novel that ties together high magic, high technology, and bold characters to craft a story you won't soon forget.
Captain Talis just wants to keep her airship crew from starving, and maybe scrape up enough cash for some badly needed repairs. When an anonymous client offers a small fortune to root through a pile of atmospheric wreckage, it seems like an easy payday. The job yields an ancient ring, a forbidden secret, and a host of deadly enemies.
Now on the run from cultists with powerful allies, Talis needs to unload the ring as quickly as possible. Her desperate search for a buyer and the fallout from her discovery leads to a planetary battle between a secret society, alien forces, and even the gods themselves.
Talis and her crew have just one desperate chance to make things right before their potential big score destroys them all.
©2018 R J Theodore (P)2018 Parvus Press LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Novum on 03-25-18

A Brilliant Debut

This book crosses genres like chickens cross roads. There's airships, magic, a shattered world, aliens with unknown motives; and that's just the start! I loved this book through and through. I'd be happy to go on another adventure with Talis and her crew any day. Definitely a recommended listen for anyone into space opera, steampunk, or unique fantasy (Because this books works across all three genres).

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 06-09-18

Great Story, Great Narrator, Great Book

**Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this audiobook from the publisher in return for a review. However, given that the narrator is Mary Robinette Kowal, I was very likely to listen to this book in any case.**

This book is friggin' awesome. A combination of steampunk and science fiction, with gods and aliens tossed in for good measure. The action is fast paced and engaging.

The narration on this book is top notch. Mary Robinette Kowal does an excellent job of making the voices distinct and interesting, without going over the top into exaggeration or distracting from the story. She does an excellent job of conveying the strangeness of the alien accent while keeping it consistent throughout the book.

I look forward to the sequel to this book, and will be getting it as soon as it comes out.

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