The Ashes and the Sparks
Mary Victoria Johnson, author
Welcome to the age of airships. It is a world of steam and innovation, powered by an elusive Empress at its heart. Jorun is not part of this world. Hers is one of hidden tunnel networks and lights that dance across night skies, one that has remained separate from the rest of society for over a thousand years. This all changes when a boy appears from nowhere, raving about invaders from a faraway land. Suddenly, Jorun finds herself in the middle of a struggle unlike anything she could have dreamed of, and must come to the realization that only she can stop an impending war...but at a terrible cost.