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By Margaret Weis

A new swashbuckling epic fable by way of New York instances bestselling writer Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes.

The recognized international floats upon the Breath of God, a thick gasoline just like Earth's oceans, with land plenty available via airship. the biggest of those land plenty are governed by means of the rival empires of Freya and Rosia. Magic is intrinsic to the functioning of those societies, and is even included into their technological units. yet now a very important clinical discovery has happened which can smash the stability of power--and switch the empires endlessly.

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