Escapement by Jay Lake

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In his novel Mainspring, Lake created an enormous canvas for storytelling with his hundred mile high Equatorial Wall that holds up the great Gears of the Earth. Now in Escapement, he explores more of that territory.

Paolina Barthes is a young woman of remarkable intellectual ability - a genius on the level of Isaac Newton. But she has grown up in isolation, in a small village of shipwreck survivors, on the Wall in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. She knows little of the world, but she knows that England rules it, and must be the home of people who possess the learning that she so desperately wants. And so she sets off to make her way off the Wall, not knowing that she will bring her astounding, unschooled talent for sorcery to the attention of those deadly factions who would use or kill her for it.


About Jay Lake

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JAY LAKE lives and works in Portland, Oregon, within sight of an 11,000-foot volcano. He is the author of over two hundred short stories, four collections, and a chapbook, along with ten novels. In 2004, Lake won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has also been a Hugo nominee for his short fiction and a three-time World Fantasy Award nominee for his editing.
Published February 22, 2010 by Tor Books. 480 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science & Math. Fiction

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JayLake's superb novel of the Brassclockwork World divided into a Northern Hemisphere and a Southern Hemisphere divided by The Wall.

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One hundred years after the sinking of Titanic, Ellie Stevenson has published her first novel, a story in which Titanic has pride of place.

Feb 02 2010 | Read Full Review of Escapement

Fantasy Literature

In other words, Mainspring only gave readers a tiny glimpse of his creation backed by superficial worldbuilding, but in Escapement that glimpse becomes a panoramic vista encompassing not just the British Empire, but also China’s Celestial Empire, The Solomnic Kingdom of Ophir and such secret soci...

May 21 2009 | Read Full Review of Escapement

SF Signal

Escapement isn’t a direct sequel to Mainspring, you don’t need to know the events from the first book (although they are alluded to in the text) to enjoy Escapement, but it’s clear that this book is part of a large series.

Jun 10 2008 | Read Full Review of Escapement

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JP Frantz Fantasy Book Critic 4 of 5 Stars "Like Mainspring, Escapement is a smart, creative and distinctive blend of late 19th century steampunk, alternate history, fantasy, and science fiction.

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