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"The second volume of the Foglios' (Agatha H. and the Airship City) conversion of their long-running Girl Genius comic into novel form continues to succeed in staying very close to the original while providing lots of bonus material for committed fans of the series, often in the form of footnotes containing self-referential wit and historical asides. For readers otherwise unfamiliar with the source, this zany and playful gaslight fantasy full of 'Adventure, Romance, Mad Science!' (per the comics) works successfully on its own. Spunky mad scientist Agatha Heterodyne and her talking cat companion Krosp, having crashed the dirigible with which they escaped the airship Castle Wulfenbach, hide themselves among the eccentric cast of Master Payne's Circus of Adventure, a traveling show presenting plays about the Heterodyne Boys, and attempt to be useful, without being discovered or recaptured, until they reach Mechanicsburg and Castle Heterodyne. Expansive descriptions of places and mechanisms, delightful characterization of creatures human, near human, and thoroughly mechanical, and an inventive, high-drama story line make this an immersive yet lighthearted and delightful bit of adventurous fun. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Intrigue! Subterfuge! Circus Folk!
In a time when the Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare, mad science rules the world
with mixed success.
With the help of Krosp, Emperor of All Cats, Agatha has escaped from the massive airship known as Castle Wulfenbach. After crashing their escape dirigible, Agatha and Krosp fall in with Master Payne's Circus of Adventure, a traveling troupe of performers dedicated to staging Heterodyne showsdramatizations of the exploits of Bill and Barry Heterodyne and their allieswho are unaware of Agathas connection to the Heterodyne line.
Pursued by the ruthless Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, his handsome son Gil, and their minions (not to mention Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer), Agatha hides in plain sight among the circus folk, servicing their clanks and proving herself adept in performing the role of Lucrezia Mongfish, nemesis toand later wife ofBarry Heterodyne. She also begins training under Zeetha, swordmistress and princess of the lost city of Skifander. Together, Agatha, Krosp, and the performers travel across the treacherous wasteland of war-torn Europa, towards Mechanicsburg, and the ancestral home of the HeterodynesCastle Heterodyne.
But with many perils standing in her wayincluding Wulfenbachs crack troops, mysterious Geisterdamen, savage Jägermonsters, and the fabled Storm Kingits going to take more than a spark of Mad Science for Agatha to get through
From Phil and Kaja Foglio, creators of the multiple WCCA and Hugo Award-winning webcomic Girl Genius, comes Agatha H and the Clockwork Princess, a gaslamp fantasy filled to bursting with Adventure! Romance! And Mad Science!