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Cover & Synopsis: THE TIME ROADS by Beth Bernobich

Check out the cover and synopsis for the novel The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich, coming in October 2014 from Tor Books.

Here’s the synopsis (a much larger cover appears below):

A fantastical nineteenth century alternate historical steampunk romp from the critically acclaimed author of the River of Souls trilogy

Éire is one of the most powerful empires in the world. The Anglian Dependencies are a dusty backwater filled with resentful colonial subjects, Europe is a disjointed mess, and many look to Éire for stability and peace. In a series of braided stories, Beth Bernobich has created a tale about the brilliant Éireann scientists who have already bent the laws of nature for Man’s benefit. And who now are striving to conquer the nature of time.

The Golden Octopus: Áine Lasairíona Devereaux, the young Queen of Éire, balances Court politics while pursing the Crown’s goals of furthering scientific discovery. When those discoveries lead to the death and madness of those she loves, Áine must choose between her heart and her duty to her kingdom.

A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange: Síomón Madóc is desperately trying to discover who is killing the brightest of Éire’s mathematicians. The key to saving lives lies in the future…and Síomón must figure out a way to get there.

Ars Memoriae: Éireann spymaster Aidrean Ó Deághaidh goes to the kingdom of Montenegro to investigate rumors of great unrest. But Ó Deághaidh is tormented by visions of a different timeline and suspects that someone in his own government is playing a double game….

The Time Roads: Éire stands on the brink of the modern age, but old troubles still plague the kingdom. An encounter with a mysterious stranger near death holds the clue to both the past and the future of the nation.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (October 14, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 076533125X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765331250
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4 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: THE TIME ROADS by Beth Bernobich

  1. Paul Weimer // March 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm //

    And now I am curious what’s the point of divergence. (A Ken and Robin Talks about stuff episode about keeping Ireland from English dominion comes to mind)

  2. that is some gorgeous cover art. Just sayin’.

  3. This looks interesting. A British Isles based in Ireland would really require bending, folding and mutilating history; Ireland’s relatively small, wet, and has no mineral resources suitable for an early-Industrial economy.

    I wouldn’t say it can’t be done plausibly(*), but it will take some fancy footwork. That’s leaving aside the Celtic zone’s history of political fissiparousness.

  4. (*) alternate histories are classic non-falsifiable hypotheses; they can’t be proven or disproven. The most you can hope for is a reasonable degree of plausibility, and that’s in the eye of the beholder, given how unlikely a lot of -real- history is.

    Eg., the Roman Empire is taken over and culturally transformed by a religion based on a heresy of the religion of a small, despised subject people. Bet you -that-wouldn’t have seemed very probable in 0 CE!

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