Bright minds hide the darkest secrets.
Cast out of the shining cities of his homeworld, Jerimin Icarii’s life is in shambles. Once an ambitious young scientist, years of hardship on the streets have transformed him into a desperate man willing to do anything to get his life back.
In his darkest hour, he strikes a deal with the bizarre Queen of the faerie world. Now her supernatural powers help him keep up appearances while he claws his way back into society. The longer he keeps up the charade, the closer he gets to respect, wealth, and glory. But one slipup will get him killed.
And that’s not even the dangerous part. Because the cost of the Queen’s clandestine aid is obedience to her every whim. And Jerimin never knows what she’ll make him do next…
Harrowing yet hopeful, Steel City, Veiled Kingdom is an intimate epic about deception and belonging, packed with colorful characters and imaginative cultures. Fans of Robin Hobb, GATTACA and unusual science fantasies won't want to miss it. Sign up for my mailing list to be notified when it releases!
I once tried to run into the sea to drown myself, but the water never rose higher than my skinny fourteen-year-old calves.
It didn’t take long before I found the end of the sea, a glass wall at the very edge of the tower. Jets pumped recirculated water through slots aimed at my ankles. I stared through the glass at the steel city before me. If climbed over, I could jump, and if I jumped, I’d fall. I’d close my eyes and pretend I was flying—at least, until the first autokinet smashed into me. It’d be a quick death—the machines never stopped in time—and a better one than the injection in store for me when I failed my final set of tests.
At least this way I get to choose.
My palm had just kissed the glass when my father grabbed me from behind.
I twisted, but he was too strong. He hauled me, his only son, through the water, back to where my mother screamed and people avoided looking at us. My escape had failed.READ MORE
I’d been paying for that day’s cowardice ever since.COLLAPSE