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Fiction Steampunk

The Iron Assassin

by (author) Ed Greenwood

Initial publish date
Jul 2016
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2016
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2015
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From Forgotten Realms creator Ed Greenwood comes The Iron Assassin, a steampunk thriller.
Victoria never ascended the throne; the House of Hanover held England only briefly before being supplanted by the House of Harminster. It is a time of gaslamps and regularly scheduled airship flights, of trams and steam-driven clockwork with countless smoke-belching stacks. London, the capitol of the Empire of the Lion, is a filthy, crowded, fast-growing city where a series of shocking murders threatens the throne itself.
Energetic young inventor Jack Straker believes he has created a weapon to defend the Crown: a reanimated, clockwork-enhanced corpse he can control. He introduces "the Iron Assassin" to the highly placed Lords who will decide if Straker's invention becomes a weapon of the Lion-or something to be destroyed.
It quickly becomes apparent that the Iron Assassin is more self-willed than Straker intended, and that the zombie's past life is far more sinister than Straker thought. Has he created a runaway monster? Or the best guardian the Lion could ever hope for?

About the author

Ed Greenwood is the creator of the Forgotten Realms® fantasy setting, an award-winning game designer, and a best-selling author whose fantasy novels have sold millions of copies worldwide in more than thirty languages.Once hailed as “the Canadian author of the great American novel,” Ed is a large, bearded, jolly librarian who lives in an old farmhouse crammed with over 80,000 books in the Ontario countryside, and is often mistaken for Santa Claus in disguise. Many gamers think he resembles Elminster, but Ed insists he did not model the Old Mage on himself.Ed was elected to the Academy of Adventure Gaming Art & Design Hall of Fame in 2003 and has been a judge for the World Fantasy Awards. His most popular series include the Knights of Myth Drannor trilogy and the Elminster Saga published by Wizards of the Coast, the Band of Four series from Tor Books, and the Falconfar books from Solaris.

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Editorial Reviews

L.A. Times Summer Reading List 2015
“Greenwood weaves in several layers of political intrigue along with jaunty dialogue that adds a touch of humor to the story. A welcome addition to the ever-expanding steampunk genre.” —Booklist
“If you're looking for an imaginative and intriguing story within the Steampunk sub-genre, then this would definitely be one to check out.” —SF Revue
“Greenwood’s triumphant adventure is full of both brutality and psychological nuance.” —Publishers Weekly

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