Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Brass Sun: The Wheel of Worlds by Ian Edginton & I. N. J. Culbard

A long time ago, the Blind Watchmaker created the Orrery, a life-sized clockwork solar system all connected by immense metal spars and revolving around a brass sun. Each planet had specific resources to offer and worked together for the betterment of all. But when war broke out, the rails between the worlds were shut down and, over time, all memory of the past was lost. Now the worlds are dying. The clockwork sun is winding down and utter destruction seems inevitable; but there is hope.

Wren grew up on one of the outer planets of the Orrery. At his death, Wren’s grandfather leaves her a journal with history of the worlds and sends her on a journey to save them all. Now Wren must travel the rails between worlds and gather each piece of the key left there by the Blind Watchmaker. The key is the only chance to restart the brass sun and save her world and the rest of her universe.

Brass Sun: The Wheel of Worlds took me by surprise with its sheer size. But its clever plot and beautifully detailed art quickly won me over. If you aren’t a fan of steampunk, don’t worry. While the setting seems ideal for metal rivets and brass gears, it is really only a springboard for the amazing story that follows.

If you enjoy the Lovecraft-ian feel this book, try I. N. J. Culbard’s adaptation of The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. Or if you’re looking for more adventure, try Nimona by Noelle Stevenson. These graphic novels and more are available at your local Virginia Beach Public Library.

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