DREADNOUGHT: LAUNCH, FREE EXTRACT AND GIVEAWAY
14 December 2012
By Bella Pagan
Hot on the heels of Cherie Priest's Boneshaker last month, this month Tor UK publishes Dreadnought. A wonderful standalone adventure, set in Priest's Clockwork Century sequence, it's full of derring do, dirigibles and drama. Cherie Priest has also added even more fabulous images to the steampunk gallery she's been curating for us, giving an insight into her steampunk world.
And today, we are giving away copies of both Boneshaker and Dreadnought on our Facebook page, so click here for info on how to enter. Lastly, here's a free Dreadnought extract (follow the link after the click through) and a plot summary and some of that great praise for the novel follows below.
THE PLOT ITSELF . . .
Nurse Mercy Lynch is recently widowed, but the war has further unpleasant surprises in store. While working in a Confederate hospital, she receives word that her estranged father is dying and wants to see her. But reaching the far side of the country will be a harrowing adventure though war-torn border states.
When her dirigible is shot out of the sky, she is forced to join the mighty Union-operated steam engine known as the Dreadnought. But the journey turns deadly when they are beset by bandits, then attacked by Rebel soldiers. The train is moving away from the battle front, so Mercy can’t imagine why they’re so interested. Unless the train’s mysterious cargo is responsible?
Mercy is just wants to see her father before he dies. But she’ll have to survive Union intrigue and Confederate opposition to make it off the Dreadnought alive.
PRAISE FOR DREADNOUGHT . . .
‘Pure genius … I’m not exaggerating the potential of
Priest’s Clockwork Century’
Paul Goat Allen
‘The battles and intrigue are entertaining, but the real draw is Priest’s latest no-nonsense heroine, who comes equipped with a full measure of sharp judgment and brutal competence as well as a nurse’s kind (but not saintly) heart’
‘“Dreadnought” has the propulsive power of a straight-ahead adventure story, and Priest handles the alternate history without needless frippery. Courageous, competent Mercy makes a compelling heroine, and the novel has much to say about the futility of war in any era. “Dreadnought” is tough but entertaining, another solid entry in a well-constructed series’
The San Francisco Chronicle
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You can see other posts on Cherie Priest and her Clockwork Century novels here. And don't forget that Ganymede is out next month!