It’s huge! It’s huger than huge! It’s the juggernaut Worldshaker, a mobile city as big as a mountain. Ruled by Queen Victoria the Second and commanded by Sir Mormus Porpentine, it moves on rollers over land and across sea.
Queen Victoria the Second you ask? Yes, history has followed an alternative track ever since Napoleon actually dug his planned tunnel under the Channel and invaded England in 1804. A century and a half later, after revolution and repression, after the Fifty Years War, after ruthless steam-age industrialization, Europe has become a wasteland. Now the juggernauts of the great powers roam the face of the globe in a very different Age of Imperialism.
If you like steampunk, this is the steampunkiest! If you like Victoriana, this is Charles Dickens on steroids! Meet Sephaltina Turbot, Bartrim Gibber, Ebnolia Porpentine, Sir Wisley Squellingham and a whole gallery of extraordinary characters.
Richard says, “I seem to have got the timing exactly right on this one. Steampunk is definitely the happening thing in fantasy fiction. And it's happening in fashion and jewelry and everywhere else too.”
Col is the grandson and nominated heir of the Supreme Commander. He’ll become the most powerful person on the juggernaut when he’s completed his schooling and training. But one night, a girl Filthy from the engine rooms down Below tries to hide in his bedroom. The Filthies are dirty and ragged, never spoken about in polite society—but this one is on the loose and running free. ‘Don’t let ‘em take me,’ she pleads.
Every rational thought in Col’s head tells him to call the officers and hand her over. Yet there’s something about her …
Worldshaker is a fantasy for Young Adult readers that will appeal equally to adults. It's been sold in the U.K., Australia, France and Germany, as well as the U.S.
The American edition came out in hardback from Simon & Schuster in May, 2010, and now the paperback is about to appear, release date June 7th 2011. The paperback cover looks like this ---
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And now the hardback edition of the sequel Liberator is out too!
Here's the full jacket cover of the hardback below.