The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

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Mattie, an intelligent automaton skilled in the use of alchemy, finds herself caught in the middle of a conflict between gargoyles, the Mechanics, and the Alchemists. With the old order quickly giving way to the new, Mattie discovers powerful and dangerous secrets - secrets that can completely alter the balance of power in the city of Ayona. This doesn't sit well with Loharri, the Mechanic who created Mattie and still has the key to her heart - literally.

About Ekaterina Sedia

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Ekatherina Sedia is the author of "The Secret History of Moscow," Her short stories have been featured in a variety of publications including "Analog," "Baen's Universe," and "Fantasy Magazine," She lives in Hammonton, New Jersey.
Published November 15, 2009 by Prime Books. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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Sedia's evocative third novel, a steampunk fable about the price of industrial development, follows Mattie, an emancipated automaton, as her home city is rent by conflict between alchemists an

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Sedia's novel captures the surreal strangeness of a city whose power structure is about to be toppled, and her focus on Mattie's relationship with her creator allows her to grapple with the tiny power struggles inherent in all human relationships — especially those between men and women.

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Thanks for the list -- I see a lot of favorites, but some new things to check out as well.Won't slam you for not being crazy about The Anubis Gates, which I had mixed feelings about, but this isn't the only place lately where I've seen The Difference Engine get dissed and I don't get it - it was ...

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