Holly Phillips's novel The Engine's Child (Del Rey) is now officially for sale in stores, "Just in time for Christmas!"
Here's the description:
Lanterns and flickering bulbs light the shadowy world of the rasnan, the island at the edge of a world-spanning ocean that harbors in its ivory towers and mossy temples the descendants of men and women who long ago fled a world ruined by magical and technological excess. But not all the island's inhabitants are resigned to exile. A mysterious brotherhood seeks to pry open doorways leading back to the ruined, dangerous homeland. Others risk the even greater danger of flight, seeking new lands and new freedoms in the vast, uncharted sea.
Amid a web of conspiracy and betrayal, three people's dreams will threaten to shatter this fragile world. Scheming Lord Ghar, faithful to lost gods and forbidden lore, plays an intricate power game; Lady Vashmarna, an iron-willed ruler, conceals a guilty secret beneath her noble façade; and Moth, a poor, irreverent novice, holds perhaps the darkest power of all: a mysterious link to a shadowy force that may prove humanity's final hope--or its ultimate doom.
Reviews have been good:
- The Agony Column: "The Engine's Child suggests that we've stepped past the boundaries of genre and into literature that knows no boundaries."
- Library Journal: "Richly complex."
- Kirkus: "A rush of images and emotions ... a well-realized fantasy world...delightful prose."
- Hal Duncan, author of Vellum: ""With its rich prose and vivid imagery, The Engine's Child is a great fusion of literary fantasy and immersive adventure."