by Dru Pagliassotti
Cover Artist: Timothy Lantz
Review by Drew Bittner
Juno Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780809572564
Date: 01 April 2008 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
In the city-state of Ondirium, power lies in the great analytical engines that guide the noble exalteds ... and the punch cards that program them.
A winged courier finds herself enmeshed in a byzantine intrigue of terrorism, betrayal and romance as a terrible plot threatens to overturn Ondirium, from the peaks (where reside the exalted) to the depths (where reside the other, lower castes). It will take all her skill and wits to unravel the mysteries, with the help of a self-exiled exalted clockwright and a group of eccentric friends.
If she succeeds, all is well. But if she fails, Ondirium may fall in flames and ruin ...From official release/information:
Book Description: A steampunkish romantic fantasy set in Ondinium, a city that beats to the ticking of a clockwork heart. Taya, a metal-winged courier, can travel freely across the city's sectors and mingle indiscriminately among its castes. A daring mid-air rescue leads to involvement with two scions of an upper-class family and entanglement in a web of terrorism, loyalty, murder, and secrets.
(Source: Juno Books)