Shanghai Sparrow (Mass Market)

By Gaie Sebold

Solaris, 9781781081853, 384pp.

Publication Date: April 29, 2014

List Price: 7.99*
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Description

Shanghai Sparrow is a Far Eastern steampunk tale of espionage, distant empires and thrilling exploits, with a dynamic heroine.

Eveline Duchen is a thief and con-artist, surviving day by day on the streets of London, where the glittering spires of progress rise on the straining backs of the poor and disenfranchised. Where the Folk, the otherworldly children of fairy tales and legends, have all but withdrawn from the smoke of the furnaces and the clamour of iron.

Caught in an act of deception by the implacable Mr Holmforth, Evvie is offered a stark choice: transportation to the colonies, or an education – and utter commitment to Her Majesty’s Service – at Miss Cairngrim’s harsh school for female spies.

But on the decadent streets of Shanghai, where the corruption of the Empire is laid bare, Holmforth is about to make a devil’s bargain, and Eveline’s choices could change the future of two worlds...


About the Author

Gaie Sebold works for a charity, reads obsessively, gardens amateurishly, and sometimes runs around in woods hitting people with latex weapons. She has won awards for her poetry and has published short storiesand two novels in her fantasy series, Babylon Steel, for Solaris. This is her first Steampunk/SF novel and marks a new high for this emerging writer.


Praise For Shanghai Sparrow

Fresh, entertaining fantasy from an exciting author.
— Gareth L. Powell, author of Ack-Ack Macaque

Tremendous, pacey fun -- perky heroines, mysterious men, vivid settings, dastardly plots and a steam powered dragon. What more could a girl want?
— Francis Knight, author of Fade to Black