The Wizard That Wasn't (Mechanized Wizardry Book 1)

By Ben Rovik

Petronaut Technician Horace Lundin does not think in magic... until eventually he witnesses its strength first-hand.

From that time on, the steampunk scientist is ate up with an idea. What if magic didn’t need to be chaotic and messy and unreliable, just like the wizards who perform it? What if it may be so simple as throwing a change?

Lundin and his colleagues positioned their reputations at the line and construct a music-box magician, designed to solid the spells programmed into its steel disks.

But they can not preserve their discovery within the security of the workshop eternally. whilst Princess Naomi is laid low by way of darkish magic, will it's human or clockwork wizardry that saves the day?

"Convincing and reasonable multidimensional characters... wealthy drama and intrigue... the discussion is witty and fast moving. i really loved Rovik’s work.” --Indie ebook weblog Database.

"It's consistently a excitement to find an indie writer who is familiar with how you can inform an excellent story..." --Mike Reeves-McMillan, writer of 'City of mask'

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Viscount LaMontina regarded up from his maps as Lundin approached. part a dozen different severe officials stopped their strategizing to examine Lundin, and he had no hassle remembering to salute this time. The Viscount gave him a instructed salute in answer, and Lundin settled backpedal. LaMontina was once a 12 months or more youthful than he, really, notwithstanding as a ways above Lundin within the social strata as Earth was once from the 8th Sphere. yet anything approximately LaMontina placed Lundin comfy, extra so than a person else within the camp. the fellow used to be broad-shouldered, a very good specimen of army stature, yet with a babyish face and a grin that appeared virtually sheepish while it crept into view. right away, LaMontina had his brows furrowed in a major, commanding type, and the protecting physique language of the older officials betrayed just a hint of indulgence. Quashing this uprising was once his first self reliant crusade, an noticeable try out bestowed on him by means of the Regency Council again in Delia. everybody here—including Lundin—wanted the earnest younger commander to prevail. Lundin prepared himself right into a facsimile of parade leisure and wear a significant face. “What information from the Petronaut detachment? ” LaMontina requested, his voice quiet and enterprise. “Sirs Kelley and Mathias are doing good, Your Grace. A wounded, uh, corporal from the detachment said that the peasants were thoroughly routed within the west, and the lakeside houses are transparent. ” “Did they discover a pentacle? ” A balding commander with beaded gray mustaches interjected. “No signal of enemy wizardry but. ” all of the officials murmured at that. LaMontina’s face fell ever so just a little, in the back of the façade of command. He tapped a finger meditatively at the rolled-out map, drumming at the eco-friendly island within the heart of the lake. “As feared, then, their wizard has to be right here. ” “Preparations to hurricane the island can be redoubled,” an officer acknowledged, gesturing to a black-clad courier, who bowed curtly and slipped away. “The corporal stated they’d go the lake in 90 minutes,” Lundin said, eyes flicking from nose to nose. each person regarded so involved; you’d imagine he’d simply stated that the military been routed, now not the peasants. So what that there has been a unmarried wizard nonetheless unaccounted for? have been those hardened army women and men as superstitious as all that? LaMontina traced a finger round the island on his map. “A good deal can occur in 90 minutes,” he whispered. “If merely there has been the way to make landfall faster. ” Lundin wracked his mind, wanting to supply support to the younger commander. an concept struck him. “Your Grace? The Petronauts, Sirs Kelley and Mathias, may be able to thrust around the water prior to the rafts, reckoning on the space and their ‘tum reserves,” Lundin provided. “Lead the cost, you recognize? ” “A kilometer from coastline to this promontory,” LaMontina acknowledged, touching the northeastern fringe of the island. Lundin did a few quickly calculations in his head, and nodded. “They’d need to go back at the rafts, yet may in all probability make it throughout. ” because the implication of Lundin’s phrases sunk in, the murmuring silenced.

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