The Monstrous Burden of Professor Darkwood (The Darkwood Tales Book 1)
by John Robert Mills
A steampunk fantasy of monstrous proportions
As Armancras thrives at the height of its steam-age, its citizens go about their daily lives with little memory of the city’s bloody past. They would rather marvel at Kempis Pennington’s robot, or travel in the fancy new auto-carriages. A bureaucracy bent on establishing a new secular republic calls the shots, but there is still a deep refusal to let go of the old devoutist ways. While complacency builds, a strange visitor with telepathic abilities is putting his plans into motion.
When Professor Solan Darkwood, an expert in mythology is jilted by her fiance, she finds friendship in the company of archaeologist Edward Blackburn. He leads her beneath the city and shares his newest discovery: a colossal crypt full of preserved Fomorians, ancient horned giants thought to be mythical until now.
But when she is tricked into awakening the dreadful giants and unleashing them on Armancras, the game is afoot and she finds that she is the only thing that can subdue the vicious horde. As she leads the monsters away from the city, invasion awaits…
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