The Light Ages

The Light Ages

Book - 2003
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Penguin Putnam
In a bleak and gritty England, in a fantastical Age of Industry, the wealth that comes from magic is both revered and reviled. Here, an ambitious young man is haunted by his childhood love-a woman determined to be a part of the world he despises...

From a new star on the fantasy scene who offers something "truly out of the ordinary,"* this is a literary experience that evokes a moody, atmospheric past-while at the same time speculating on a fascinating alternate vision of that world.

Baker & Taylor
Nearing the end of a Third Age of Industry fueled by a magical substanced named aether, Robert Borrow, the son of a guildsman, becomes involved in a revolution to end a society based on inequality, greed, and corruption.

Blackwell North Amer
The northern town of Bracebridge is dominated by the never-ending sound of it's aether mines. Toiling men work the earth, extracting the magical and dangerous substance - the source of all power - from the ground. Even at eight, Robert Borrows knows that this is what his future holds.
Meanwhile, in an isolated and dilapidated manor known as Redhouse, the precocious Annalise grows up under the care of her guardian. Brought to Redhouse on a mysterious trip by his distraught mother, Robert becomes fascinated with Annalise, for unlike him, she is rich in magic that she keeps carefully hidden, and not quite of this world.
But after that same magic claims his mother, Robert flees to London. It is here that he feels most keenly the difference between those hired by the guilds to extract the aether and those who profit from their labors. It is also in London that he runs into Annalise again. Now a revolutionary, Robert wishes to destroy the upper class world that Annalise has come to call her own. But together they learn that their fates were entwined long before they were even born - on an infamous day in Bracebridge when the engines stopped working. And what they discover about that day just might end this age of misery once and for all.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2003
Edition: 1st American ed
Description: 456 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780441010554
Branch Call Number: McLe


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