Breath of Earth

Breath of Earth

Book - 2016
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After the earth's power under her city is suddenly left unprotected, a young geomancer must rely on her unique magic to survive in this fresh fantasy novel from the author of the acclaimed The Clockwork Dagger.

In an alternate 1906, the United States and Japan have forged a powerful confederation-- the Unified Pacific--in an attempt to dominate the world. Their first target is a vulnerable China. In San Francisco, headstrong secretary Ingrid Carmichael is assisting a group of powerful geomancer wardens who have no idea of the depth of her own talent--or that she is the only woman to possess such skills.

When assassins kill the wardens, Ingrid and her mentor are protected by her incredible magic. But the pair is far from safe. Without its full force of guardian geomancers, the city is on the brink of a cataclysmic earthquake that will expose the earth's power to masterminds determined to control the energy for their own dark ends. The danger escalates when Chinese refugees, preparing to fight the encroaching American and Japanese forces, fracture the uneasy alliance between the Pacific allies, transforming San Francisco into a veritable powder keg. And the slightest tremor will set it off. . . .

Forced on the run, Ingrid makes some shocking discoveries about herself. Her already considerable magic has grown even more fearsome . . . and she may be the fulcrum on which the balance of world power rests.

Publisher: New York, New York : Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062422064
Branch Call Number: CATO
Characteristics: 387 pages : map ; 21 cm


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Jun 20, 2018

Beth Cato combines alternate history, steampunk and fantasy elements and a diverse cast of characters into an action-packed adventure in a world filled with airships, mythical creatures and geomancers but where the problems of racism, sexism and warfare continue to plague mankind.

Feb 08, 2018

Very entertaining read. Looking forward to the next instalment
Magic, old mythology and a good dash of steam punk with a cast of characters that has better things to do than simper and whine.

ChristchurchLib Oct 18, 2016

Historical Fantasy. Set in an alternate 1906 San Francisco, where the U.S. and Japan have forged the powerful United Pacific alliance, this series opener by the author of the Clockwork Dagger novels introduces geomancer Ingrid Carmichael, who hides her rare powers from everyone. But when her employer, the council of Earth Wardens, is wiped out in a bombing, it's up to Ingrid to take over their work of diverting the planet's seismic energy in order to prevent a massive earthquake. For another story about a magically gifted young woman saving a vividly depicted early 20th-century San Francisco, check out M.H. Boroson's The Girl with Ghost Eyes.

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Feb 08, 2018

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