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Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
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Jul 17, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, fantasy, juvenile
Read in July, 2011

This is why I keep on reading; for all the sludge you find yourself wading through, every so often you turn up a genuine diamond. 'Fly By Night' is set in a world something like 18th century England, dominated by myriad household gods but still haunted by a religious reformation that s been overturned but whose influence still casts a shadow. Our heroine is Mosca Mye, a plucky young orphan who escapes from her evil uncle by the simple expedient of setting fire to his barn, picks up an itinerant wordsmith by way of adult guidance and, with no other companion than her evil-tempered gander Saracen, sets out to find her way in the world, cheerfully creating havoc wherever she goes and ending up embroiled in a revolution that involves, amongst other things, a ragged school, an illegal printing press, warring trade guilds, a mad Duke and his sinister sister, floating coffee houses, and a highwayman who finds his destiny changed by the power of the printed word. Exciting, engaging, literate, and wholly wonderful.

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