The Light Ages by Ian R. MacLeod

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Magnificent dark fantasy set in a steampunk milieu, The Light Ages reimagines Industrial Age England transformed by magic, as two lovers find themselves on opposite sides of a violent class struggle that could destroy their world  The discovery of aether changed everything; magic mined from the ground, it ushered in an Industrial Age seemingly overnight, deposing kings and rulers as power was transferred to the almighty guilds. Soon, England’s people were separated into two distinct classes: those who dug up and were often poisoned by the miraculous substance, and those who profited from it. Robert Borrows has always wanted more than the life of poverty and backbreaking toil into which he was born. During a visit with his mother to an isolated local manor, he discovers Annalise, the beautiful and mysterious changeling whom aether has magically remolded into something more than human. Years later, their paths will cross again in the filthy, soot-stained streets of London, where Robert preaches revolution while Annalise enjoys the privileges afforded to the upper class—the same social stratum that Robert is trying to overthrow. But even as they stand on opposite sides of the great struggle that divides their world, they are united by a shocking secret from their childhood. And their destinies will be forever entwined when their world falls to ruin. The Light Ages continues with The House of Storms, set one century later.

About Ian R. MacLeod

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Ian R. MacLeod is the winner of the Asimov Readers Award as well as the World Fantasy Award for his short story "The Chop Girl." His novella length version of "The Summer Isles" also won the World Fantasy Award. He is the author of The Great Wheeland Voyages by Starlight, a collection of short stories.
Published June 25, 2013 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy. 496 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Location: New Jersey I finished reading this a couple weeks back and really enjoyed it.

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