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"This fast paced, highly descriptive adventure involving a wide cast of characters is an ideal opportunity to draw in new readers. This is an good sign of things to come." - Rick Brown, Examiner.com - 4/5 stars

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This book came out of a love of steampunk and a desire to push it further. With so much going on in our own high modernist era, I thought writing fantasy in a setting like this would be a lot of fun. And it was.

I wrote it in a fast-paced pulpy style because I personally can't get excited about long fantasy epics most of the time, and because it suits the era. The idea was to make it visually appealing, exciting and vivid while still maintaining a certain intellectual depth.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Tyche Books Ltd. (May 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987824821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987824820
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,265,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I started this novel I wasn't quite sure where it was going because there seemed to be several different genres happening at the same time. After a couple of chapters though, I'm glad I kept reading.

The story takes place on an arid, war-stricken world where natural magic is slowly being supplanted by mechanism and oil production. Capra Jorassian is an armed forces deserter who is brought, against her will, into an il-fated mission across the scarred and blighted desert known as "The Hex". She is being pursued by rival armed forces, who are on the same mission but have past personal grudges against her.

The different intrigues takes place against a very well-constructed world at the beginning, but then as the book progresses the descriptions get more intense as events get more and more bizarre. Clock towers, metal giants, plains of shattered machinery, armies of shadow warriors ... the stakes just keep getting higher.

Throughout the novel, the characterization and storytelling are both solid. Some of the dialog sounds a little bit like 21st-century formal conversation, but maybe that's just me. All in all, an intriguing work of speculative fiction and I'd like to know if there's going to be a sequel.
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this book was awsome!!!!!! a very great read. Blightcross is all about fantsay and you learn what "steampunk" or as in Blightcross "diesa lpunk"he even signs the books with a bean kitty:p
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Oil vs. Magic

A new twist on the conflict of the traditional against new technology in a world torn apart by war.

A fun debut novel, with very interesting world building. This is much grittier than a steam punk novel, and I like the idea of calling it 'Diesel Punk', but I haven't come across this genre before. I rather like the main character; Capra is an interesting woman with compelling internal problems. As a soldier I liked her motivations for what was occurring within the world.

The book started somewhat slowly, and the magic, vihs, wasn't sufficiently explained for me. I was intrigued by using art as a magical outlet though, I found the artist's egotism and perspective realistic and compelling.
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