Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion|
Gunpowder magic, steam-power, adventure, and intrigue...
Carrtog, landless third son of Tsingallik and warrior trained in the use of powder magic, intends to make his way as a mercenary for hire. On his travels north, he and his personal guardsman stumble upon the royal christening of an expansion to Cragmor’s burgeoning railway –– in this case a gift from the King as a sign of goodwill to the conquered north of old. When the gathered populace prove they are not there to be pacified, Carrtog isn’t about to standby and do nothing. Cloaks sweep back, swords and pistols are drawn. Luckily for Carrtog, charging in might be his best chance of earning a name. But then the trap springs around the royal party and Carrtog realizes his eagerness may lead to his demise.
Worse, if he manages to survive the ensorcelled contraption and rescue the King from the depths of the rebellious north, he might find that holding the King’s favor could prove more dangerous than any duel against a combat magician in the haze of battlefield smoke. He’ll need more than a little wit and inventiveness to survive this uprising.
Steam engines, railway lines, gunpowder magic, and the advent of flight merge this flintlock fantasy adventure with the well tested machinations of steampunk –– a true confluence of invention and rebellion.
About the Author:
J. P. Wagner was both a sci-fi/fantasy writer and a journalist. While his editorials and informative articles could be found in publications such as the Western Producer and the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion is his first published novel.
A self-proclaimed curmudgeon, but known to his family as a merry jokester, his words have brightened many lives. Sadly, J. P. Wagner passed away in 2015 before the publication of Railroad Rising: The Black Powder Rebellion. [MORE]
"J.P. Wagner creates a very believable land that is remarkably familiar, yet different in many ways. The characters are delightful, especially Lady Adengler, a real trooper, and Yakor, a faithful servant. I’d recommend this to those who like the genre, and would read it again. I give this book 5-Stars." -- Dayna Leigh Cheser, Author
"I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of David Brin's “The Practice Effect” (which is high praise indeed as it is one of my favorite Brin novels!). The characters of Carrtog and Yakor were very well developed from the beginning. I did find it interesting how their roles of mentor-student migrated to Lord-'Master' Squire by the end of the story. I was a little surprised on how his 'abilities' evolved so quickly. Also, the interaction between Carrtog and Lady Adengler from the beginning was quite entertaining and fairly realistic in my opinion as she certainly was no pushover! And finally, King Bornival was an excellent antagonist. (It was almost too bad he died in battle and not by...) " -- Peter Jasion
"It's a busy story with lots of action and it was a great read. If you like sci-fi, you should read this." - Jo Ann Hakola, The Book Faerie