The Half-made World

by Felix Gilman

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Book 31 of 42 in the Steampunk Fantasy Books
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The world is still only half-made. Between the wild shores of uncreation, and the ancient lands of the East lies the vast expanse of the West---young, chaotic, magnificent, war-torn.

Thirty years ago, the Red Republic fought to remake the West---fought gloriously, and failed. The world that now exists has been carved out amid a war between two rival factions: the Line, enslaving the world with industry, and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence. The Republic is now history, and the last of its generals sits forgotten and nameless in a madhouse on the edge of creation. But locked in his memories is a secret that could change the West forever, and the world’s warring powers would do anything to take it from him.

Now Liv Alverhuysen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels west, hoping to heal the general’s shattered mind. John Creedmoor, reluctant Agent of the Gun and would-be gentleman of leisure, travels west, too, looking to steal the secret or die trying. And the servants of the Line are on the march.

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Anonymous | 2013-03-11 08:09:15
Seriously underrated book. You will be hard pressed to find a more original setting.
David Trim | 2016-05-19 10:17:40
This book is straight up amazing. It's not even really steampunk. Superb characterization, great writing, and breathtaking world building is what defines the series far more than steampunk.
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