The streets of New London teem with a strange and wonderful bustle. Mechanical carriages glide down streets lit by the flicker of everlanterns, thanks to myth–the refined essence of magical beasts, and the resource that keeps the engines of the Empire moving. But myth is in ever more limited supply as the last of the magical beasts are killed for it, and New Londoners are becoming desperate.
Vespa Nyx is a privileged young scholar with a penchant for jam pies and mischief. She spends her days cataloguing and studying creatures in the museum, and has no desire to follow her aunt's advice and start looking for a husband. She also may be New London’s sole surviving witch.
Syrus Reed is an outcast Tinker having an extraordinary run of bad luck. He hasn't a coin to his name, his family has been killed and he is being hunted to become a refinery slave. His only way out may be to find a witch.
These two are about to find their fates wound more tightly in the gears of deception and intrigue than they could ever imagine...
"By St. Darwin and his Great Apes, "The Unnaturalists" is unnaturally good! Few authors can mix science and fantasy the way Tiffany can; her science-worshiping New London is perfectly original and perfectly realized, and Vespa Nyx is a heroine to cheer for. So much steampunk is just more of the same; "The Unnaturalists" is captivatingly different."--Ysabeau Wilce, Andre Norton Award-winning author of "Flora's Dare"
"Thrilling, intricate and magical, "The Unnaturalists" is a formidable entry into the steampunk genre. Vespa Nyx is a spunky heroine we can all root for, and Tiffany Trent's worldbuilding skills are unmatched. This book will delight anyone who loves magic, gadgets and brilliantly drawn settings. I highly recommend it."--Caitlin Kittredge, author of "The Iron Thorn"
"Fast-paced, heart-wrenching, magical and fascinating."--Tamora Pierce, author of The Song of the Lioness quartet
"Utterly ingenious! Tiffany Trent has more fine invention at her fingertips than a roomful of magical Leonardos!"--Ellen Kushner, World Fantasy Award-winning author
"Thoroughly magical...Leaves readers wanting more."--Kirkus Reviews
"Science, magic, myth, and alternate history all work together to create an intriguing alternate world with more depth than many books in the genre. This is a world worth visiting." Publishers Weekly
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