Feb 8, 2013
Free Book Friday: Pantomime
This week marks the publication of Pantomime by Laura Lam, a book I got to read several months ago. It’s the story of a traveling circus in a world called Ellada, where traces of a vanished civilization remain in strange artifacts. It’s about a young person who runs away from home to join the circus, and all the wonder and magic that’s involved in discovering and loving who you are.
I enjoyed it so much that I blurbed it! Here’s what I said:
“Set in a vividly imagined world with wonderful steampunk touches, Pantomime is a fable-like story as beautifully unique as its main character.”
Here’s the jacket copy:
R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.
Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.
Intrigued? Check out this excerpt:
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