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Melissa Scott is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and studied history at Harvard College and Brandeis University, where she earned her PhD in the Comparative History program with a dissertation titled “Victory of the Ancients: Tactics, Technology, and the Use of Classical Precedent.” She is the author of thirty science fiction and fantasy novels, most with queer themes and characters, and has won Lambda Literary Awards for Trouble and Her Friends, Shadow Man, and Point of Dreams, the last written with her late partner, Lisa A. Barnett. She has also won a Spectrum Award for Shadow Man and again in 2010 for the short story “The Rocky Side of the Sky” (Periphery, Lethe Press), as well as the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She can be found online at mescott.livejournal.com.
Amy Griswold is the author of Stargate SG-1: Heart’s Desire and the co-author of Stargate Atlantis: The Lost, Stargate Atlantis: Allegiance, and Stargate Atlantis: Inheritors, as well as “Caden’s Death,” in Sword and Sorceress 25. She lives in Chapel Hill with her partner Jo, daughter Beth, and two opinionated cats. She can be found online at amygriswold.livejournal.com.
on June 05, 2013 :
Magic and mystery collide! The authors have a brilliant handle on the society and mores of this era and deftly create characters and environments that come across as entirely authentic despite the fantastic elements. This isn't some London fog fantasy of what we hope Victorian England was like, it feels like a true slice of life at the turn of the century.
Take the magic of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, add the subtext of Sherlock and John, turn the subtext into a true romance, and you've got an idea of what you'll find in this book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)