Solaris (July 2, 2015)
Paperback: 432 pages
- ISBN-10: 1781083118
- ISBN-13: 978-1781083116
Kindle Length: 383 pages
New Pittsburgh in 1898, a crucible of invention and intrigue, the hub of American industry at the height of its steam-driven power. Born from the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, New Pittsburgh is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy.
In the abandoned mine tunnels beneath the city, supernatural creatures hide from the light, emerging to feed in the smoky city known as ‘hell with the lid off.’ Jake Desmet and Rick Brand, heirs to the Brand & Desmet Import Company, travel the world to secure treasures and unusual items for the collections of wealthy patrons, accompanied by Jake’s cousin, Veronique ‘Nicki’ LeClercq .
Smuggling a small package as a favor for a Polish witch should have been easy. But when hired killers come after Jake and a Ripper-style killer leaves the city awash in blood, Jake, Rick and Nicki realize that dark magic, vampire power struggles and industrial sabotage are just a prelude to a bigger plot that threatens New Pittsburgh and the world. Stopping that plot will require every ounce of Jake’s courage, every bit of Rick’s cunning, every scintilla of Nicki’s bravura and all the steam-powered innovation imaginable.
Gail Z. Martin returns to Solaris Books for the start of a brand new, epic adventure set in the alternative universe of the Victorian streets of New Pittsburgh. Writing for the first time with her husband Larry N. Martin, the two combine Gail Z. Martin’s epic world building and intricate character development, with a high-octane dose of steam fuelled adventure.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Gail Z. Martin has turned her flair for invention on the landscape of her hometown, raising the iconic sites and reinventing the historic stories of the areas to create a fun, new start to a series that combines fantastical steampunk innovation with the supernatural. In Iron & Blood the Martins tackle the scope of human nature, from political power struggles to family feuds in a rip-roaring adventure that stamps through the original setting of New Pittsburgh and flies straight off the page. Fans of Gail Z. Martin’s fantasy and those looking for a new steampunk adventure will not want to miss this fantastic new series.
OTHER WORKS BY GAIL Z MARTIN.