The Steam Magnate
by Dana Copithorne
Review by Sam Lubell
Aio Publishing Company Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 1933083085
Date: 30 September, 2006 List Price $16.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
The publishers of The Steam Magnate: A Novel of the Broken Glass City list it as a fantasy. Personally, I think it's an intriguing, although slightly flawed, novel from another planet, or possibly a very alternate Earth. There's no traditional magic or spells, except for one character's never explained ability to tap the life energy of debtors who sign his contracts, but there are mechanical birds with camera eyes, solar batteries, and other devices. The world is not the typical medieval fantasy realm but a mix of technologies where phone calls and trains are common but some futuristic technology is available from the "old world" or cobbled together by tinkerers. From official release/information:
Book Description: Departing from formulaic themes involving quests, magicians, and mythical animals, this fantasy novel follows a character with powers more ordinary than most uber-wizards. Having inherited the steam-power legacy and the mysterious ability to funnel the assets of others into his own coffers through the mere use of ink and paper, Eson is hated by some and feared by others. While recovering from a disastrous relationship with a woman of his own magical kind, he meets a young woman who isn’t who she claims to be, and Eson must now defend himself against challenges far too close to home. Set in a world that is a tempting concoction of fairy-tale charm and everyday existence, this work explores the inequities of social class and the realities living among the less fortunate.
(Source: Aio Publishing Company)