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Brother’s Ruin
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Brother’s Ruin


The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are snapped up for a pittance. For a lower middle class family like the Gunns, the loss of a son can be disastrous, so when seemingly magical incidents begin cropping up at home, they fear for their Ben's life and their own livelihoods.

But Benjamin Gunn isn't a talented mage. His sister Charlotte is, and to prevent her brother from being imprisoned for false reporting she combines her powers with his to make him seem a better prospect.

When she discovers a nefarious plot by the sinister Doctor Ledbetter, Charlotte must use all her cunning and guile to protect her family, her secret and her city.

Brother's Ruin is the first in a new gaslamp fantasy series by Emma Newman.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Title:Brother’s Ruin
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:192 pages
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    Brother’s Ruin Reviews

  • James Lafayette  Tivendale
    Feb 22, 2017

    I received an ARC of Brother's Ruin through NetGalley. Thank you to Emma Newman and Tor. Brother's Ruin is the first novel in Newman's Industrial Magic series. This is an urban fantasy story set in an...

  • Melanie
    Feb 22, 2017

    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I truly believe this is the start of something that is going to be amazing; unfortunately this first installment into this ...

  • Ahmed  Ejaz
    Apr 14, 2017

    It's really hard for me to rate this book. It irritated me by its beginning and made me excited by its ending. OVERVIEWThis book sets in 1850. Royal Society buys magical person for its own use. Char...

  • Lindsay
    May 27, 2017

    I'm on a bit of a roll lately with liking the latest offerings from authors I've read before.It's 1850 and England's industrial revolution owes everything to the Royal Society of Esoteric Studies. The...

  • Marjolein
    Feb 26, 2017

    Read all my reviews on Brother's Ruin was a wonderful short book and a great start to the Industrial Magic series, which kept myself asking only one thing: Where/W...

  • Katie
    Mar 13, 2017

    In this gaslamp fantasy, Charlotte is a powerful mage who has hidden her abilities for years to avoid being taken by the Royal Society of Esoteric Arts. Her brother, Benjamin, who has much weaker magi...

  • Veronique
    May 31, 2017

    4.5For a novella, the author does pack quite a lot in this story. This magic-based 1850 setting is fascinating, mixing just enough historical details with fantasy. Charlotte is a very likeable heroine...

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    May 09, 2017

    Brother's Ruin is a book I've been waiting to read like no tomorrow! I was sadly denied an advance copy, so I had to ultimately wait for the release (like all mere mortals... kidding!), but when I f...

  • Robyn
    May 20, 2017

    Entertaining steampunk novella. More, please. ...

  • Carly
    Mar 17, 2017

    I can never quite articulate why I find all of Emma Newman's books so utterly enthralling, but I'm pleased to say that Brother's Ruin is no exception. Compared to some of her other more serious works ...