Title: The Witch's Alphabet (The Iron Codex, Volume One)
Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Release Date: Spring 2010
In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft’s epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical-born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day. Aoife Grayson’s family is unique, in the worst way-every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their sixteenth birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different. Aoife is gifted in the mechanics that run her world, but no amount of study can erase the memory of the day Conrad lost his mind and attacked her before going on the run from the Proctors. Or from the knowledge that her own sixteenth birthday is fast approaching. Aoife’s s future seems bleak. Until one day she receives a letter that reads simply:
Find the witch’s alphabet
Aoife knows the letter is from Conrad, but is he a rambling madman or warning her to get out while she still can? In order to save herself, Aoife must find her brother. And in order to that, she must leave Lovecraft and venture into a world of Heretics and air pirates, hidden rooms and dark family secrets…before the clock winds down, and she too succumbs to the necrovirus.
I love alternative history books. It sounds really good. I loved how Caitlin explains it and she is also very awesome. Plus, I love Tenners... Question for everyone: Who thinks that the Tenners are secretly made of money?