Sunday, February 6, 2011

New release: Fantasy alternative history steampunk ebook The Burning Sky

The Burning Sky - Steampunk alternative history fantasy
I received an email last night from emerging indie author Joseph Robert Lewis announcing his newest novel The Burning Sky. Judging from his description, this alternative history fantasy should be engaging and exciting. He used the word swashbuckling. That's one of my favorite words.

What Lewis has to say about his fantasy world:

This is a work of historical fantasy. Some of this world may be familiar to you.

But in this world, Europe never emerged from the last Ice Age and only the southern areas are habitable. North Africa is cool, wet, and fertile. Ancient nations such as the Persian Empire have persisted, though others, such as the Romans, never rose to power. Some of the countries in this world reflect the cultures and attitudes of the Renaissance while others reflect the Industrial Age. Historical figures appear, though they too may be different from the ones you have known.

Don’t expect this world to conform to the history that you know. The people and places are different. The climate and wildlife are different.

Even death is different here.

About The Burning Sky: Book One of the Halcyon Trilogy:

Taziri Ohana is an elite airship pilot, though the long hours away from home have taken a toll on her family and she longs for a simpler life. When the Northern Air Corps is wiped out in a catastrophic fire, only Taziri survives to help the marshals pursue the suspects across the skies of Marrakesh. Their investigation reveals a vast conspiracy of deposed aristocrats, wealthy industrialists, and warmongers plotting against the crown. Taziri discovers that her own inventions have been perverted by the conspirators, the cities plunge into violent riots, and their only hope for salvation may be an exiled princess, her swashbuckling escort, and a crippled airship plummeting out of the burning sky.

For links to your favorite retailers or to read reviews at Goodreads, go to the author's blog page for The Burning Sky.