Thorn

Engine Ward

Book 3
Grymm & Epic
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 Forced from London after the death of Brunel, Thorn and her people – the Stokers – reside in the Graveyard; a wasted landscape of scrap metal and disused railway carriages. Shunned by her own people for her family's part in their exile, Thorn's skill with animals is the only thing saving her from banishment. With her friend Lurgo, she hunts the great tri-horned monsters in the surrounding swamps, desperately trying to keep control of her strange power and restore her family's soiled name.


Now Brunel's old Wall is moving again, expanding over the English countryside. And with it comes a horror that should have been long dead – once human creatures turned maniacal by a diet of lead and soot. The Stokers propose a suicide mission, a last-ditch effort to reclaim their home – sending Thorn into the Wall to die; an expendable distraction to ensure their own survival.

But Thorn has other ideas. Together with Lurgo, a blind adventurer, an eccentric menagerie proprietor and a tame triceratops, she sets out to stop the new threat. In a world dominated by powerful men and fierce mechanical monsters, can one woman triumph where so many have failed?

metaphysical fantasy, dark fantasy, epic fantasy, grim dark, steampunk, science fiction, alternate history, Victorian, Georgian, London, dragons, dinosaurs, zombies, vampires, dystopian, gothic, historical fantasy

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About the author

 S C Green as a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of dark urban fantasy and science fiction. Her popular Engine Ward series explores a steampunk Georgian London where dinosaurs still survive. Her latest series, The Chronicles of the Wraith, is co-written with fellow bestselling urban fantasy author Lindsey R Loucks.

She also writes steamy paranormal romance under the name Steffanie Holmes.


Steff lives in an off-grid house on a slice of rural paradise near Auckland, New Zealand, with her cantankerous drummer husband, their two cats, and their medieval sword collection. She writes about metal music, her books, living off-grid, and her adventures with home-brewing on her blog www.steffmetal.com.


Stay up to date with books by S C Green by signing up to her newsletter at http://steffmetal.com/subscribe. You can also support Steff's writing on Patreon and get bonus content, first editions, the chance to name characters and vote on plots, and other cool stuff: http://patreon.com/steffmetal.

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Publisher
Grymm & Epic
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Published on
Sep 4, 2017
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Pages
570
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ISBN
9780473351359
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Dystopian
Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Fiction / Fantasy / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
Fiction / Science Fiction / Steampunk
Young Adult Fiction / Dystopian
Young Adult Fiction / Steampunk
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 “… one of the most original books I’ve ever read.” – I Heart Reading


“One of my most enjoyable reads of this year, cracking along at high speed and using intriguing ideas to create a world that’s like a cracked mirror version of our own history.” – BookieMonster

In the heart of London lies the Engine Ward, a district forged in coal and steam, where the great Engineering Sects vie for ultimate control of the country. For many, the Ward is a forbidding, desolate place, but for Nicholas Thorne, the Ward is a refuge.

Deep within the bowels of the Ward, Nicholas can finally escape his strange affliction – the thoughts of animals that crowd his head. The shadows of his past hang over him, forcing him to remain hidden alongside the Stokers – a forgotten people who toil day and night to keep the boilers of the Ward constantly firing, so that the engine of progress may continue to hum.

But rebellion is stirring within the ranks of The Stokers, led by Nicholas' childhood friend, the brilliant engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Forbidden to do the work that brings him his only joy, Brunel innovates in secret, his mind growing ever more twisted by the desire for knowledge.

Battles rage in the shadows of bizarre buildings at the heart of this nightmarish alternative London. As men transform into flesh-eating monsters, Nicholas and Brunel seek a way to restore peace – will London's salvation come from a mechanical army, or on the backs of prehistoric beasts?

The Sunken is the first book in the Engine Ward fantasy series by S C Green. For fans of China Mieville and Neal Stephenson who want to explore the clash of religion, technology, and bestiary in a city on the cusp of industrial revolution.

metaphysical fantasy, dark fantasy, epic fantasy, grim dark, steampunk, science fiction, alternate history, Victorian, Georgian, London, dragons, dinosaurs, zombies, vampires, dystopian, gothic, historical fantasy

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