Officially Thomas Riley is being marketed as a young adult novel, but given its emphasis on steampunk weapon design and the consequences of war, there is probably plenty here for any reader. Even if you aren’t that interesting in war technoogies, there are sky pirates and alchemists all in an alternate Earth.

Here’s the description:

For more than twenty years West Canvia and Lemuria have battled one another in a constant war.

From the safety of his laboratory, weapons designer Thomas Riley has cleverly and proudly empowered the West Canvian forces with his brilliant designs. But when a risky alchemy experiment goes horribly wrong, Thomas and his wily assistant, Cynthia Bassett, are thrust onto the front lines of battle.

Forced into shaky alliances with murderous sky pirates in a deadly race to kidnap the only man who can undo the damage–the mad genius behind Lemuria’s cunning armaments–Thomas’ own genius is put to the ultimate test.


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