Here’s something that I will never, ever get tired of saying: I have a new book out today! The Rising, second volume of the Alchemy Wars trilogy, hits shelves and e-readers this morning.
The Mechanical introduced a world where, for hundreds of years, the most advanced technology on earth has been the marriage of clockworks and alchemy as embodied in the Clakker: a virtually indestructible clockwork servant endowed with superhuman speed and strength but bereft of Free Will. On the backs of legions of Clakkers (including household servitors, deadly soldiers, and even more exotic designs), the Dutch Empire has become the sole uncontested superpower on earth since the days of Christiaan Huygens. Only the French Catholics, holed up in their New World citadels for the past 200 years, have offered any resistance to the predations of the Brasswork Throne, owing to their mastery of applied chemistry.
In The Mechanical we met Jax, a lowly and soulful servitor yearning for freedom; Berenice, the rash and ruthless spymaster to the King of New France; Visser, a secret Catholic spy in the heart of the Dutch Empire; and Hugo Longchamp, a grizzled sergeant in Marseilles-in-the-West. Together, their braided fates lit a long fuseâ€¦
â€¦which reaches its explosive payload in The Rising.
Jax, now a rogue Clakker, has been reborn in flames. But now he must find a place where he can stop running and begin life anew as a free Clakker. But liberation, he soon discovers, is its own burden.
Berenice Charlotte de Mornay-PÃ©rigord, formerly the legendary spymaster of New France, mastermind behind her nation’s most audacious attempts to undermine the Dutch Hegemony, has been banished from her homeland and captured by the Verderers: the Clockmakers’ draconian secret police force.
Hugo Longchampâ€”now Captain of the Guard of Marseilles-in-the-Westâ€”is tasked with rallying the beleaguered and untested defenders of New France for the inevitable onslaught from the Brasswork Throne and its army of mechanical soldiers.
Meanwhile, Luuk Visser, former spy and Catholic priest turned assassin against his own people, is poised to strike again.
“The chases, the battles, the brutal violence, and the
scheming are nonstop. As always, Tregillis offers richly textured and
genuinely likable personalities with shades-of-gray moralityâ€¦Middle volumes are always tricky; they can
often read as an obstacle to overcome on the way to the forgone conclusion of
the third installment. Tregillis commendably avoids this trap,
deepening his story and keeping it moving along toward an
Part 3 can’t come too soon.”
â€”Kirkus (starred review)
“Tregillisâ€™s splendid sequel to The Mechanical is a vivid alternate history tale filled with action sequences, fascinating characters, and great worldbuilding.”