The Iron Wyrm Affair by Lilith Saintcrow
(Bannon and Clare)

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Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn't help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon's Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen.

In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.

The game is afoot..
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About Lilith Saintcrow

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Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA. Find out more at
Published August 7, 2012 by Orbit. 324 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Horror, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Well, Saintcrow doles it out piecemeal, without giving Clare or the reader enough clues to add up, but somebody's killing registered mentaths and also sorcerers.

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Multigenre talent Saintcrow (Angel Town) launches a delicious steampunk alternate London that pays more than a little stylistic homage to Sherlock Holmes, adding additional excitement in the form of magical duels, backstreet chases, battles with giant mecha, and confrontations with ancient wyrms ...

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Yes Pages: 336 Date: August 2012 Publisher: Orbit External links: Author's website ISBN: 978-0356500928 Someone is killing off Mentaths - geniuses, logic machines - in the city of London and it's up to Emma Bannon, sorcerer Prime, to protect their next target Archibald Clare.

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City Book Review

When mentaths — people whose logical minds and deductive abilities border on the supernatural — start dying or disappearing all over the city, Emma is assigned to track down a discredited member of their ranks, Archibald Clare.

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Portland Book Review

The main characters jump off the page, and Emma and Clare are hilarious in their own ways: Emma in her unladylike language, and Clare in his confusion over illogical things like feelings.

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It’s wonderful to read a book where the author doesn’t expect you to take time out from the narrative to admire their worldbuilding, nor treat you like the sort of fool who needs every little thing pointed out and explained.

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