Agatha H. and the Clockwork Princess (Girl Genius, Book 2) by Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio

By Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio

Intrigue! Subterfuge! Circus Folk!

In a time whilst the economic Revolution has escalated into all-out war, mad technology ideas the world… with combined success.

With assistance from Krosp, Emperor of All Cats, Agatha has escaped from the big airship referred to as fort Wulfenbach. After crashing their break out dirigible, Agatha and Krosp fall in with grasp Payne's Circus of experience, a touring troupe of performers devoted to staging Heterodyne shows—dramatizations of the exploits of invoice and Barry Heterodyne and their allies—who are ignorant of Agatha’s connection to the Heterodyne line.

Pursued by means of the ruthless Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, his good-looking son Gil, and their minions (not to say Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer), Agatha hides in simple sight one of the circus people, servicing their clanks and proving herself adept in acting the position of Lucrezia Mongfish, nemesis to—and later spouse of—Barry Heterodyne. She additionally starts off education below Zeetha, swordmistress and princess of the misplaced urban of Skifander. jointly, Agatha, Krosp, and the performers trip around the treacherous desert of war-torn Europa, in the direction of Mechanicsburg, and the ancestral domestic of the Heterodynes—Castle Heterodyne.

But with many perils status in her way—including Wulfenbach’s crack troops, mysterious Geisterdamen, savage Jägermonsters, and the fabled hurricane King—it’s going to take greater than a spark of Mad technology for Agatha to get through…

From Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the a number of WCCA and Hugo Award-winning webcomic woman Genius, comes Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess, a gaslamp delusion stuffed to bursting with event! Romance! And Mad technology!

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The equipage rocked and lurched like a small ornate ship on stony seas. Above, the clockwork dragon supervised. How much of Oz those dull eyes had taken in. Oz rehearsing itself, rearranging itself decade after decade. Whimsy and fate, destiny and accident. The fall of the house of Ozma, the dirty years of the Wizard, the rise of impeccable Shell, holy Emperor of Oz. Fortunes, in any case: changeable fortunes converted into the changeless facts of biography by every passing tick of its mechanisms.

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