Book One of the Peridot Shift Trilogy
By R J Theodore
A fantastical steampunk first contact novel that ties together high magic, high technology, and bold characters to craft a story you won’t soon forget.
Captain Talis just wants to keep her airship crew from starving, and maybe scrape up enough cash for some badly needed repairs. When an anonymous client offers a small fortune to root through a pile of atmospheric wreckage, it seems like an easy payday. The job yields an ancient ring, a forbidden secret, and a host of deadly enemies.
Now on the run from cultists with powerful allies, Talis needs to unload the ring as quickly as possible. Her desperate search for a buyer and the fallout from her discovery leads to a planetary battle between a secret society, alien forces, and even the gods themselves.
Talis and her crew have just one desperate chance to make things right before their potential big score destroys them all.
Advanced Praise for Flotsam
Combining the best elements of steampunk and space opera, placed in a lavishly detailed and imagined world, Flotsam will hold you firmly till the final page.
Flotsam sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go. R J Theodore is a fresh voice who will soon be on your must-read list!
This author can paint a picture as vividly as if she had acrylics and a brush in hand and she isn’t afraid to use a cutting sense of humour.
Take a pinch of Jim Butcher's Aeronaut's Windlass, add a dash of Treasure Planet, some vivid imagery from Avatar, a generous helping of banter from Firefly, and you might have an idea of the feeling this story left me with. Rich language and imagery blend with a complex world, a story told with humor and heart, that left me breathless and wrung out. I want to know what's in store next for this crew and their already shattered world.
Peridot is a fascinating, fractured world that was refashioned after a cataclysmic event in the distant past. In this unfamiliar world of floating islands, airships are the main source of travel for its five distinct races. And Peridot truly comes to life on the page; it’s remarkable that Theodore manages to establish the world and its cultures and races so well straight off the bat. And as if that isn’t enough, she introduces an alien race and culture into the mix, juggling them all with aplomb.
A crazy blending of Steampunk, Fantasy and SciFi that takes you on a genre-bending wild ride through the skies of Peridot. The worldbuilding is incredibly epic for a newly minted author and hints at uncovering even more as this series evolves. The characters were not only well developed with the movement but continued to draw interest as their personal histories unfolded.
I can't stop thinking about the world of Flotsam. Science-fiction, alchemy, and airships. It's magic.
About the Author
R J Theodore lives in New England where she splits her time between writing, reading, and design. She has been a voracious reader as far back as she can remember, staggering her parents with the piles of new paperbacks she would hunt down in local bookstores. Her broad tastes have lead her to write novels that aren’t easily classified into any genre but are guaranteed to be an adventure.
She wrote (though never finished) her first novel at age thirteen. It was a Star Trek fan fiction, and it’s probably best that it’s been lost to the ages (Though her publisher would very much like to read it. – Ed.). As she approached college, her focus switched to illustration and design, but she rediscovered story telling through narrative after graduating from art school. With the release of Flotsam, Theodore will debut her Peridot Shift series of steampunk first contact novels.
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