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Description - The Light Ages by Ian R. MacLeod

In the year 1678, Joshua Wagstaffe discovered aether, and the Industrial Revolution began. Not the Industrial Revolution of our world; but one fuelled by magic. Aether, its secrets jealously guarded by the Guilds, became the glue that bound English society together. Now, after three hundred years, change is finally in the air. The talk on the streets of London is of Revolution, of overturning the Guilds, of a New Beginning. The Third Age of Industry is ending, in fire and in death...Raised in the Yorkshire town of Bracebridge, and seemingly destined to follow his father into the aether factories, Robert Borrows witnesses the dark side of aether when his mother is transformed into a changeling; monstrous and pitiful. Fleeing to London, Robbie joins the revolution, working to bring about the Fourth Age, an era of equality and plenty. Roaming the vast, Brobdignagian city, all colours, smells and danger, exploring its myriad social layers, from petty criminals and revolutionaries to salon mistresses and opium dreamers, Robbie discovers secrets that threaten the very fabric of society; secrets that involve the deepest mysteries of aether.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780743462440
ISBN-10: 0743462440
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 111mm x 1mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Simon & Schuster
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ian R. MacLeod

Ian R. MacLeod is the author of THE GREAT WHEEL, and his short fiction has appeared in INTERZONE, ASIMOV'S and FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, and has been shortlisted for almost every major science fiction and fantasy award including the Hugo and the Nebula. He is twice winner of the World Fantasy Award for his alternate history novella, THE SUMMER ISLES, and his short story, THE CHOP GIRL.