Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pg. 99: Ekaterina Sedia's "The Alchemy of Stone"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: Ekaterina Sedia's The Alchemy of Stone.

About the book, from the author's website:
A steampunk novel of romance, political intrigue, and alchemy, The Alchemy of Stone represents a new and intriguing direction by the author of the critically-acclaimed The Secret History of Moscow: Mattie, an intelligent automaton skilled in the use of alchemy, finds herself caught in the middle of a conflict between gargoyles, the Mechanics, and the Alchemists. With the old order quickly giving way to the new, Mattie discovers powerful and dangerous secrets-secrets that can completely alter the balance of power in the city of Ayona. However, this doesn't sit well with Loharri, the Mechanic who created Mattie and still has the key to her heart ... literally.
The Alchemy of Stone is on the Los Angeles Times 2008 Summer Reading List.

Learn more about the book and author at Ekaterina Sedia's website and blog.

Sedia is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Secret History of Moscow and editor of the anthology Paper Cities.

The Page 99 Test: The Alchemy of Stone.

--Marshal Zeringue