By Liesel Schwarz

[b]LEAVE IT TO CHANCE. Eleanor “Elle” probability, that is—the intrepid heroine of this edgy new sequence that transforms parts of city myth, ancient experience, and paranormal romance into natural storytelling gold.
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In a Golden Age the place spark reactors energy the airlines, and creatures of sunshine and Shadow stroll overtly between us, a perilous video game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun.
 
whilst an strange shipment drags airship-pilot Elle probability into the affairs of the mysterious Mr. Marsh, she needs to confront her future and do every thing in her strength to forestall the Alchemists from unleashing a paranormal apocalypse.

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S milk!? They left a pipkin of water nearby, and under cover of the next squall they went squelching away, to find their sons and husbands and brothers, and berate and beat them if they were available, or bury them if not. s clock. t bear to look at the thing. She held it, as a mother must. She waited for the groundwater of maternal affection to rise and overwhelm her. She did not weep. She chewed pinlobble leaves, to float away from the disaster. It was a she. It was a her. Melena practiced conversions in her thinking when she was alone.

A wind came up over the lake now, smudging the topmost reaches of the columns of kitchen smoke. They looked, thought Melena, like funnels of water swirling down drains in narrowing, focusing spirals. Be well, my love,? said Frex, although he had his stern public expression on, from forehead to toes. Yes.? Melena sighed. The child punched her, deep down, and she had to hurry to the outhouse again. my backbone, my breastplate. And also try not to be killed.? The will of the Unnamed God,? said Frex.

S no angel either, she thought, but kept it to herself. On the other hand,? she may have been cursed by Melena, accidentally, who took my remark the wrong way and wept about it. Maybe Melena opened up inside herself a window through which an unattached sprite entered and colored the child.? On the very day she is to be born?? said Nanny. s a capable sprite. Is your goodness so exalted you attract the truly high-powered among the Spirits of Aberration?? Frex shrugged. A few weeks earlier he would have nodded, but his confidence was shattered with his abject failure in Rush Margins.

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