Master of the Seven Skies
The Remarkable Adventures of Captain Montenegro—Villain, Pirate, Murderer, Midget, and Master of the Winds and Clouds. Steampunk at its best! More
The Remarkable Adventures of Captain Montenegro—Villain, Pirate, Murderer, Midget, and Master of the Winds and Clouds
In the dead of a Boston winter, as the world approaches its twentieth century, rich heiress Abigail Wigglesworth is mesmerized by her newest possession, the diminutive Captain Montenegro. Recently purchased from a traveling freak show, Montenegro regales her with astonishing tales of his glorious exploits—and the terrible misdeeds for which a curse had turned him into his much reduced state. Once a shepherd boy pressed into serving the mighty British Empire, he proved his mettle only to be betrayed by the man destined to be his lifelong nemesis. Yet it was behind iron bars, framed and imprisoned for imaginary crimes, that Montenegro discovered his true calling—as a pirate destined to prowl the skies for blood and plunder. But piratical glory must come at a high price, as the winds of fate carried Montenegro from Africa to Shangri La and the dungeons of British India… and eventually to Boston where his ultimate battle is still to be waged. Abigail, a damsel definitely not in distress, is eventually forced to decide about Montenegro’s fate, and her decision will not only determine the pirate’s fate but her own as well.
A magnificent feat of literary invention, Master of the Seven Skies boldly takes steampunk adventure further—and higher—than it has ever flown before. With airships roaring, pirates ravaging the skies and female wits challenging a life of rape and murder, the question is not who is right or wrong – but who will prevail and at which cost.
ZB Pataki joins the ranks of Tim Powers, K.W. Jeter, and other masters of steampunk adventure with Master of the Seven Skies, chronicling the savage exploits of Captain Montenegro—onetime hero-turned-pirate whose cursed and bloody crimes have since caused him to shrink in stature to the size of a child. Traversing the globe in a stolen naval airship in an alternate Victorian Era, Montenegro’s pursuit of his lifelong nemesis takes him from the Mediterranean Sea to the dungeons of Delhi and ultimately to the Boston parlor of Miss Abigail Wigglesworth, where he will face his ultimate test. With a deep bow to Kipling and ingeniously bending the magic of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust with the outrageous invention of Gibson and Sterling’s The Difference Engine, ZB Pataki’s Master of the Seven Skies carries readers—and steampunk fiction—farther and higher than they have ever flown before.