Art by Johnny Briggs.
From the author: Standalone sequel! The death of Spire City's greatest inventor couldn't come at a worse time. The fabled city of beetle-drawn carriages is occupied by a foreign power, and that country is at war with another. Five people find their lives spiraling together in the aftermath of his death: Temli, an airship captain; XXXXX, an unnamed correspondent from the front lines; Keene, a grizzled beetle hunter; Jensha, a singer chained to a city spire; and Alless, apprentice to the late inventor.
Updated Jul 23, 2021 · 1,370 words (5 minutes) · 7 views
A novel of draft beetles and steam power, of chained spire singers and cruel occupying armies, of wondrous new technology and warfare fought from trenches and airships.
Updated May 6, 2021 · 3,480 words (13 minutes) · 8 views
Chaos in the skies over the city, meaningless fighting in the fog of war, and the dangers of the Beetle Wastes for those who capture the riding beetles for Spire City--three of the novel's primary characters, learning about the death of the inventor Mendat.