Shanghai Sparrow is a Far Eastern steampunk tale of espionage, distant empires and thrilling exploits, with a dynamic heroine.
Eveline Duchen is a thief and con-artist, surviving day by day on the streets of London, where the glittering spires of progress rise on the straining backs of the poor and disenfranchised. Where the Folk, the otherworldly children of fairy tales and legends, have all but withdrawn from the smoke of the furnaces and the clamour of iron.
Caught in an act of deception by the implacable Mr Holmforth, Evvie is offered a stark choice: transportation to the colonies, or an education – and utter commitment to Her Majesty’s Service – at Miss Cairngrim’s harsh school for female spies.
But on the decadent streets of Shanghai, where the corruption of the Empire is laid bare, Holmforth is about to make a devil’s bargain, and Eveline’s choices could change the future of two worlds...
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About the Author
Gaie Sebold works for a charity, reads obsessively, gardens amateurishly, and sometimes runs around in woods hitting people with latex weapons. She has won awards for her poetry and has published short storiesand two novels in her fantasy series, Babylon Steel, for Solaris. This is her first Steampunk/SF novel and marks a new high for this emerging writer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read this in about ten days, which is fast for me. I don't have a lot of free time so if a novel isn't good, I'll ditch it fast. The book starts out following three different people, in three different places and then begins to weave them together. If you are expecting something like Gail Carriger's Finishing School Series, it's not. Our heroine Eveline Duchen manages a great deal by her wits. Sebold provides a heroine that not only does not give up but it also a little broken and thereby very human. I'm afraid that I'm not very good at reviews. So let me just say that the only problem with the book (aside from some grammar issues) was that I didn't want it to end.