Brother’s Ruin is the first gaslamp fantasy novella in the Industrial Magic series, published by Tor.com.
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 Ben’s life and their own livelihoods.
But Benjamin 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.
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.
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What other people have said about Brother’s Ruin
“A gripping story full of charm and adventure. Newman manages to keep her readers tense and delighted at the same time.” — Gail Carriger, New York Times Bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series.
The Washington Post listed Brother’s Ruin as one of its top picks for March 2017 and said “… a fun world with plucky heroines, handsome and mysterious strangers, and devious doctors.”
Just Love Reviews said “Brother’s Ruin is a real page turner and I had a blast reading it. It’s a great first instalment to this new series of Industrial Magic and I don’t know how many books there are coming, but please, let it be many. This book not only introduces the world and characters, but also sets up the next book(s) brilliantly. However, you don’t have to fear a cliffhanger, because a first story arc is satisfactorily resolved. I am so looking forward to more, because the premise for the next book is amazing and I can’t wait to find out what will be happening next.”
Powder and Page said “This alternate, magical London is fantastically interesting- Emma Newman manages to squeeze in political dissent, sinister plots, and even a bit of amateur spying.”