Orphaned Mosca leaves her uncle’s home with only her aggressive gander for company. On her flight she rescues Eponymous Clent, a smooth taking swindler, from the stocks and together the three set off for a new life in the FracturedKingdom. Here, murder, spying and sedition lie at the heart of the headlong plots and counter-plots that take place in a fantastical alternative world of floating coffee houses and illicit printing presses. The power of print and the stories it tells and the dangers of fanaticism are central to this strange world and the untrustworthy characters from the Stationers’ Company and the Company of Locksmiths who live in it. Frances Hardinge’s imagination is breathtaking.
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