Age of Sail fighting ships, miraculous and improbable weapons, questions of loyalty and patriotism, with antagonists earthly and uncanny. A wise reviewer described this historical fantasy as Patrick O'Brian's Captain Aubrey series seen through the lens of Hayao Miyazaki, which is just about right.— McNally Jackson Kids
From Kate Milford, the bestselling author of National Book Award nominee Greenglass House, comes another magical, middle-grade adventure, The Left-Handed Fate.
Lucy Bluecrowne and Maxwell Ault are on a mission: find the three pieces of a strange and arcane engine. They're not exactly sure what this machine does, but they have it on good authority that it will stop the war that's raging between their home country of England and Napoleon Bonaparte's France. Despite being followed by mysterious men dressed all in black, they're well on their way to finding everything they need when their ship, the famous Left-Handed Fate, is taken by the Americans.
And not just any Americans. The Fate (and with it, Lucy and Max) are put under the command of Oliver Dexter, who's only just turned twelve.
But Lucy and Max aren't the only ones trying to put the engine together, and if the pieces fall into the wrong hands, it could prove disastrous. Oliver is faced with a choice: help Lucy and Max and become a traitor to his country? Or follow orders and risk endangering that same country and many others at the same time not to mention his friends?
"This world has a seductive, fairytale quality Patrick O Brian's Captain Aubrey series as seen through the lens of Hayao Miyazaki. . . It's impossible not to admire The Left-Handed Fate for its epic scope, joyful evocation of life on the high seas and suspenseful mystery." The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Kate Milford is the author of The Boneshaker, The Broken Lands, The Kairos Mechanism, Bluecrowne, and Greenglass House, which was long-listed for the National Book Award. Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Kate now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family. Eliza Wheeler grew up in northern Wisconsin in a family of artists, musicians, and teachers. Her picture book Miss Maple's Seeds debuted on the New York Times bestseller list. Eliza has illustrated several other children's books, including the Newbery Honor Book Doll Bones by Holly Black. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.