Arthurian steam-punk? A definite no, I thought, until I read the first sentences:
“When a mechanical falcon takes flight from Merlin’s tower, it means the sorcerer is bored or drunk on absinthe.
I wonder if anyone else in Camelot stargazes enough to know this.”
Which left me feeling both amused and wistful at the same time.
Now, I haven’t read Arthurian stuff since I was a tumultuous teen who thrived on the pathos found in them, but this looks to be intriguingly different:
Seventeen-year-old Vivienne lives in a world of knights and ladies, corsets and absinthe, outlaw magic and alchemical machines.
By day, she is lady-in-waiting to the future queen of Camelot–Guinevere. By night, she secretly toils away in the clock tower as apprentice to Merlin, the infamous recovering magic addict.
Then she meets Marcus, below her in class, destined to become a knight, and just as forbidden as her apprenticeship with Merlin.
When Morgan le Fay, the king’s sorceress sister, declares war on Camelot, Merlin thinks they can create a metal beast powered by steam and alchemy to defeat her. But to save the kingdom, Vivienne will have to risk everything–her secret apprenticeship, her love for Marcus, and her own life.
Just picked up the book from the local bookstore!