By Steven Harper
As China prepares to turn into the last word energy in an period of impressive invention and horror, Alice Michaels' destiny lies contained in the partitions of the forbidden kingdom....
Gavin Ennock has every thing a guy may perhaps desire—except time. because the clockwork plague consumes his physique and brain, it drives him more and more mad and fractures his courting together with his fiancée, Alice, woman Michaels. Their purely desire is that the Dragon males of China can treatment him.
But a power-mad common has seized the chinese language throne in a made up our minds offensive to overcome Asia, Britain—indeed, the whole international. He has closed the country's borders to all foreigners. the previous ruling dynasty, notwithstanding, is scheming to come back the rightful inheritor to strength. Their designs will draw Gavin and Alice down a treacherous course strewn with intrigue and tool struggles. One fallacious step will seal Gavin's fate...and ensure the way forward for the realm.
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The Dragon Men (Clockwork Empire, Book 3) by Steven Harper