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The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter: The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, Book 1 by Rod Duncan (Angry Robot 04 September 2014 / 8.99) - Book Description: The land is divided, following the Luddite revolution, into the puritan, progress-hating north and the decadent, Royalist south, Elizabeth Barnabus lives a precarious double life -- as both herself and posing as her own brother, the daring private detective. Now she is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines.

But when she finds herself up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better....

The Mirror Empire (Worldbreaker Saga) by Kameron Hurley (Angry Robot 04 September 2014 / 8.99) - Product Description: On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past... while a world goes to war with itself.

In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin. At the heart of this war lie the pacifistic Dhai people, once enslaved by the Saiduan and now courted by their former masters to provide aid against the encroaching enemy.

Stretching from desolate tundra to steamy, semi-tropical climes seething with sentient plant life, this is an epic tale of blood mages and mercenaries, emperors and priestly assassins who must unite to save a world on the brink of ruin.

As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war; a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family to save his skin; and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father's people or loyalty to her alien Empress.

Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself. In the end, one world will rise -- and many will perish.

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