~ A gaslamp fantasy novel ~
MAGIC HAS BEEN OUTLAWED.
EUROPE IS AT WAR.
It falls to two disgraced magicians, at odds with each other and world, to save it all.
Operating clandestinely in the hope to regain the favor of Queen Victoria, alchemist siblings Ramsey Crackendash and Nels Hellsinger travel to the seat of the empire growing in the east, Szarkanya, to investigate reports of disappearances, possession, and big, scary things moving through the woods at night. Pursued by the mind-controlling parasite they discover, ruthless hussar mercenaries, and—worst of all—their own demons, Nels and Ramsey must uncover the source of the infection before it overruns Szarkanya, Europe, and the world.
The mission will force them to reexamine what it means to be a hero, to learn the bittersweet nature of sacrifice, and to overcome the monsters lurking inside of them. If they can succeed, however, they might just redefine the magical community’s relationship with the world.