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Guild of Spies

4.5 of 5 stars 4.50  ·  rating details  ·  6 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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In a country of secrets, even a spy has her limits...

The Guild recruited Dian Von Camff when she was little more than a child. She’s served this secret organization ever since, performing covert missions to advance their Grand Conspiracy. Now she’s been given her most difficult and important assignment to date—infiltrate an Albion diplomatic dele
Published September 2012
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This is a vaguely steampunkish fantasy novel set in a very China-like country. I say fantasy and steampunkish, but neither term totally fits in this case. There is no magic or dragons or vampires--just people in a world that is technologically very like ours in the late 1800s. It's sort of fantasy in that the countries are different--Albion, which is much like Britain but not with recognizable political figures, and Tem, which is sort of like China, but again, not quite. It has a few steampunk e ...more
Most folks have never heard the word that perfectly describes this book. The word is “uchronia”. The “u” part of it comes from the word “utopia.” Most folks think that means “a perfect world”, but it actually comes from the Greek “ou” meaning “not” and “topos”, meaning “place." So, “not a real place.” The second part of the word comes from “chronos”, meaning “time”. So “uchronia” means a place that doesn’t exist and a time that doesn’t exist. Think of JRR Tolkein’s Middle Earth as a good example ...more
Began reading Oct. 3 2012

I really wanted to love this book, but sadly, I can only give it 3 stars. I liked it, but it was EXTREMELY slow until about page 200. On my Nook there are 422 pages. For pages on end it seemed to repeat its narrative with slight variations. Finally, near the midway point things began to get interesting and the story moved more fluidly. On Amazon it was tagged as being a steampunk novel, even the cover (AWESOME by the way) leads one to think this. However, mentioning airs
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