The wheels of the great machine turn again...
Three years after the destruction of Engn, Finn is awoken by a shattering earthquake. As the people of the valley flee the ruins, rumours circulate that, across the great grass plain, the machinery of Engn is working once more. That Engn is to blame.
Finn, haunted by his experiences and the thought Connor desperately needed him to do something, tries to make sense of what is happening. Past history and current events collide. Uncovering buried secrets and confused memories, Finn sees he has to return to the wreckage of Engn, to ensure its destruction was total, and also to find answers to his questions.
To him, the long-ago events of the Clockwork War are history, but he learns others are still fighting the ancient battles between the upstart Mechnical guilds and the twenty-four Temple guilds. For them, the machinery of Engn is at the heart of everything.
Diane refuses to come with him, thinking he’s obsessed with a machine long destroyed, thinking he needs to put the past behind him. But then Engn’s line-of-sight timing signals start to broadcast again...
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.