The Brass Queen
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She knows a liar when she sees one. He knows a fraud when he meets one.
In a steam-powered world, Miss Constance Haltwhistle is the last in a line of blue-blooded rogues. Selling firearms under her alias, the “Brass Queen,” she has kept her baronial estate’s coffers full. But when US spy J. F. Trusdale saves her from assassins, she’s pulled into a search for a scientist with an invisibility serum. As royal foes create an invisible army to start a global war, Constance and Trusdale must learn to trust each other. If they don’t, the world as they know it will disappear before their eyes.
If you like the Parasol Protectorate or the Invisible Library series, you’ll love this gaslamp fantasy—a rambunctious romantic romp that will have you both laughing out loud and wishing you owned all of Miss Haltwhistle's armaments.
“A fun, frothy blend of fantasy and romance . . . Fans of humorous fantasy and headstrong heroines will be delighted. ” —Publishers Weekly
“The Brass Queen thrills from the first page and doesn’t let up. Razor-sharp wit and immaculate worldbuilding make this debut one to savor. . . . Chatsworth, with a bold and ebullient voice, has created a genre blockbuster. ” —Leanna Renee Hieber, award-winning, bestselling author of Strangely Beautiful and The Spectral City
“Simply a joy to read!” —James A. Owen, bestselling author of Here, There Be Dragons
“A bright new talent, Elizabeth Chatsworth infuses her writing with humor, charm, and adventure. Themes of acceptance, friendship, justice, and personal strength weave themselves effortlessly through her narrative. I can’t wait to read more. ” —Rebecca Moesta, New York Times bestselling author and award-winning coauthor of the Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights series
“The Brass Queen is at times wondrous, at times romantic, and very often gut-bustingly funny. Elizabeth Chatsworth isn't just a new author to watch for—buy this book, and she'll be one of your new favorites!” —David Farland, international bestselling author of The Runelords series
“Rollicking fun and sharp as a brass tack, this book is everything steampunk should be. ” —Cat Rambo, Nebula Award winner
“Chatsworth builds an intriguing alternate world, filled with sharply amusing dialog and lively characters. VERDICT A delightful gaslamp fantasy that will please readers of Gail Carriger and Kate Locke. ” —Library Journal
“With a satisfying bite, this steampunk venture includes an insightful twist on the British Empire, making frequent nods to Queen Victoria's bloodthirstiness and the era's inequitable treatment of women. Best of all, Constance stays center stage: a feisty, lovable heroine who is capable of rescuing herself, thank you very much. ” —Foreword Reviews
“Lush, exciting, and endlessly inventive, THE BRASS QUEEN is a grand adventure of manners and espionage - perfect for readers who like a little magic in their retro science escapades. ” —Cherie Priest, Award-Winning Author of Boneshaker
“I loved The Brass Queen: hilarious, with a very tongue-in-cheek dry wit and delightful imagery. One of those books that you don't want to put down because they're just so much fun. ” —Genevieve Cogman, author of the Invisible Library series
“You'll find yourself cheering for this heroic cowboy and his unexpected love for a jinxed red-head who is dead set on saving the world (as well as finding her place in it) all before teatime, of course . . . Stocked with whimsical gadgets, sky pirates, weird science, and mustachioed villains this race-against-the-clock adventure scratches the steampunk itch and leaves you wondering what will emerge from the aether next. ” —A. L. Davroe, author of The Tricksters series