Ben Rovik is the scrappy young author of the "Mechanized Wizardry" series. The Petronauts, a cadre of gas-powered knights and visionary inventors, upend the way their world works when they build machines that can cast magic spells at the flick of a switch. Suddenly, magic's not just for wizards anymore. Can the Petronauts control the technology they've created and make their city, Delia, more powerful than ever? Or will the new technology create a magical arms race and destabilize the world?
"The Wizard That Wasn't" and "The Mask And The Master" are Books One and Two of the series, available as ebooks here on Smashwords.
He lives outside of Washington, D.C. with his wife, two cats, and a great deal of wine. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University.
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Arm's Length: A Petronaut Tale From The Bulwark Squad
by Ben Rovik
Approx. 14,300 words.
Published on November 24, 2012.
Sir Roland of the Bulwark squad has an armored suit built to take enormous punishment so his comrades don’t have to. When the Delian schooner Granite comes under attack from two corsair clippers, Roland and his tech are duty-bound to defend the sailors and civilians on board. But keeping the pirates at arm’s length is going to take some unorthodox measures…
The Mask And The Master: Book Two of Mechanized Wizardry
by Ben Rovik
Approx. 138,180 words.
Published on September 11, 2012.
The pressure is on Petronaut Horace Lundin to prove what his new Spell Box can do. As he struggles with a new team and an old enemy, Samanthi and the Recon squad go on the hunt for the mysterious revolutionaries who attempted to kill Princess Naomi. Will mechanized wizardry give Delia an edge against its enemies; or will the race to control the new technology bring the region closer to war?
The Wizard That Wasn't: Book One of Mechanized Wizardry
by Ben Rovik
Approx. 44,730 words.
Published on June 6, 2011.
Horace Lundin doesn't believe in magic until the Petronaut technician sees its power firsthand. What if magic didn’t have to be chaotic, messy, and unreliable, like the wizards who practice it? What if it could be as simple as throwing a switch? Inspired, Lundin and his colleagues build a music-box magician in the laboratory; but building the machine is only the start of the adventure...
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- Memento Mori
on Oct. 02, 2012
"I carried on with my writing, my father kept looking for a new job, and our favorite teams kept losing."
Melancholy, economical lines like this one really made the story for me. It's a lovely, quiet meditation on death with a bit of narrative about some mysterious gravestones to tie it together. Makes me want to read more from Cristian Mihai!