The Sightless City

Noah Lemelson. Tiny Fox, $16.95 trade paper (454p) ISBN 978-1-946501-33-2
Clarke’s Law—that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic—meets dieselpunk in Lemelson’s enjoyable debut, an inventive mash-up of science fiction and hardboiled mystery. Marcel Talwar fought for liberty—and sangleum, the aether-oil powering his postapocalyptic society’s weird science—in a war that left him maimed in body and spirit. Now he’s a private investigator working regular jobs for war acquaintance Lazarus Roache, who runs Lazacorp, a megacompany dealing in sangleum. After a set of indecipherable mechanical diagrams captioned “show to an engineer” appears in Marcel’s office, Marcel uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of Lazacorp that encompasses genocide, religious zealotry, and a brewing revolution. Meanwhile, Sylvaine Pelletier, a brilliant, animalian engineer who gave up everything in her quest to restore some of the world’s pre-apocalyptic splendor, discovers that Roache can supply her with the power she needs to manipulate sangleum, but at a high cost. The book ends in a somewhat predictable setup for the sequel, but getting there is good fun, with stellar worldbuilding and quick pacing. This is sure to entertain any fan of gritty speculative fiction. (July)
Reviewed on : 05/13/2021
Release date: 07/20/2021
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
Hardcover - 378 pages - 978-1-946501-40-0
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