Waiting on Wednesday: January 25

I am participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

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Brother's Ruin by Emma NewmanBrother’s Ruin

by Emma Newman

Series: Industrial Magic #1

Genre: Historical Fantasy Novella

Publication date: March 14

Synopsis: The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Archie’s life and their own livelihoods.

But Archie Gunn isn’t a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect. However, maintaining the charade will mean masquerading as Archie’s assistant, and delaying or destroying her own plans for marriage.

When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret and her city.


The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I read After Atlas by Emma Newman last fall and really liked it so when I saw she had a new book coming out I immediately put it on my list to read.
  • This is a totally different kind of book and not part of the Planetfall series, but it sounds very good.
  • Good cover! I like the Victorian vibe.