Finn's childhood in the valley is idyllic, but across the plains lies a threat. Engn is an ever-growing steam-powered fortress, that needs a never-ending supply of workers. Generation after generation have been taken away, escorted into its depths by the mysterious and terrifying Ironclads, never to return.
The Masters of Engn first take Finn's sister, then his best friend, Connor. He thinks he, at least, is safe - until the day the ironclads come to haul him away too.
Yet all is not lost, Finn has a plan. In the peace of the valley he and Connor made a pact. A promise to join the mythical Wreckers and end Engn's tyranny.
But now on his own, lost and thwarted in the vastness of Engn, Finn begins to have doubts. Is Connor really working to destroy Engn?
Or has he become part of the machine?
Simon is a British fantasy and sci/fi writer, with over a hundred short stories published in a wide variety of magazines, including Analog and Nature. He’s the author of the Cloven Land fantasy trilogy, cyberpunk sci/fi thriller The Genehunter and the steampunk Gormenghast Engn saga.
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He was born in the Year of the Dragon. He still thinks digital watches are a pretty neat idea.
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