The Falling Machine (The Society of Steam)
by Andrew Mayer
Cover Artist: Cover: Justin Gerard / Interior Art: Steven Sanders.
Review by Gayle Surrette
Pyr Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616143756
Date: 24 May 2011 List Price $16.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK
From back of book: In 1880 women aren't allowed to vote, much less dress up in a costume and fight crime... But twenty-year-old socialite Sarah Stanton still dreams of becoming a hero. Her opportunity arrives in tragedy when the leader of the Society of Paragons, New York's greatest team of gentlemen adventurers, is murdered right before her eyes. To uncover the truth behind the assassination, Sarah joins forces with the amazing mechanical man known as The Automaton. Together they unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the Paragons that reveals the world of heroes and high-society is built on a crumbling foundation of greed and lies. When Sarah comes face to face with the megalomanical villian behind the murder, she must discover if she has the courage to sacrifice her life of privilege and save her clockwork friend.
The Falling Machine (The Socity of Steam, Book One) takes place in a Victorian New York powered by the discovery of Fortified Steam, a substance that allows ordinary men to wield extraordinary abilities, and great powers that can corrupt gentlemen of great moral strength. The secret behind this amazing substance is something that wicked brutes will gladly kill for and one that Sarah must try and protect, no matter what the cost.