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Author: Lilith Saintcrow Narrator: Moira Quirk Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Bannon and Clare Affairs Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9781611134865
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Emma Bannon, forensic sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn’t help much that they barely tolerate each other, or that Bannon’s Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their queen.

In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the industrial revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.

The game is afoot.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Saintcrow scores a hit with this terrific Steampunk series that rockets through a Britain-that-wasn’t with magic and industrial mayhem with a firm nod to Holmes. Genius and a rocking good time.”

    Patricia Briggs, New York Times bestselling author 

  • “Innovative world building, powerful steam punk, master storyteller at her best. Don’t miss this one…She’s fabulous.”

    Christine Feehan, New York Times bestselling author of Leopard’s Prey

  • “Sensual writing, intricate plotting, and sympathetically quirky, satisfyingly competent characters make this series one to watch.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fast paced and full of plot twists, this is a lightweight summer read for fans of Gail Carriger and Meljean Brooks.”


  • “This isn't just fantasy with cogs stuck on. A really good read.”


  • “Saintcrow melds a complex magic system with a subtle but effective steampunk society, adds fully-fleshed and complicated characters, and delivers a clever and highly engaging mystery that kept me turning pages, fascinated to the very end.”

    Laura Anne Gilman, author of Flesh and Fire

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rich | 2/12/2014

    " The main characters are interesting and you want to learn more about them but the book didn't grab me. While reading the book, I couldn't tell if Londonium was a deep, complex world whose logic and history will be revealed over the course of the series or if it's just a bunch of random flashy eye candy being thrown in every chapter never to be seen again. At the end of the book, I still didn't know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/7/2014

    " I am a HUGE steam punk fan and an avid reader. Others have described the plot so I will just add that the Iron Wyrm Affair is set in an alt history England where sorcery runs all aspects of society and fun gadgets are sadly a side thought. The steampunk aspects are even run in part by magic. There are dragons and griffins where I am used to seeing dirigibles and steam powered cars. The general dystopian vibe is good, and I like the strong lead characters. I wish the author made us care more about the secondary characters though. Once I realized the author was just trying on a new trendy genre, and it was more magic based, I enjoyed it. The research that went into the Sherlock Holmes style conclusions was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 1/29/2014

    " I adore Ms. Saintcrow and I love the idea of this one, but it was extremely hard to get up to speed with this new world. Fortunately there was almost none of the heroine rhetorical self talk that characterizes her work, for which I was glad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naamen | 1/11/2014

    " Making my way through this now. The part I like the most is that Saintcrow has created an alt-world where steam and magic exist side-by-side. Not a huge steampunk fan in general but there are such interesting ideas in the narrative I find myself barreling. We'll see how I feel when I finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 1/4/2014

    " Don't think this author is for me I'm afraid. Really interesting world building though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Luke | 12/23/2013

    " Only read the first 14% ended up giving up, not the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xcor | 11/17/2013

    " slow at first, but gets better. I would of given this book 5 stars just the beginning bored the shit out of me. Like I said stick with it, it does get better as the story moves along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicky | 9/12/2013

    " Really wish I could give 1/2 stars. It'd be 3 1/2 then. I suspect life circumstances made the reading of this a little trickier than usual for e.g. Thamis over Thames & I kept being pulled out of story because of it. Look forward to seeing if it's easier next book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 9/10/2013

    " I didn't finish it by the time it was due back at the library and so I just returned it instead of renewing. Actually only made it in two chapters. I made the mistake of reading it aloud with my husband and it was just too over the top to handle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margo | 8/2/2013

    " Fun book! Loved the combination of steampunk, magic and Sherlock Holmes-like deductions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bine | 6/17/2013

    " Now that book was bloody brilliant. I want to read more of Emma the sorceress, Mikal and the mentath Clare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/1/2013

    " I wasnt initially thrilled with the writing style of this book, but I found the plot so interesting that I kept going and now Im excited about followups to this series. "

About the Author

Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. After taking second place in a fiction-writing contest sealed her addiction to the written word, it’s often supposed that she has ink instead of blood filling her veins.

About the Narrator

Matthew Wolf has worked extensively as a voice, theater, radio, and television actor. He has appeared in many productions on the London stage, including the title role in a sell-out production of Macbeth alongside Twilight star Robert Pattinson. He is also the official voice of Thor for Mavel Studios’ animated films Hulk Vs. Thor and Thor: Tales of Asgard. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is also producing with his production company, Cool Hand International.