New author Kelly Robson has been getting quite a bit of buzz for this novella, as well as the short stories which she recently had published, and I think it’s very well deserved. This is going to be an author to watch – she’s got a way with words!
Sylvain is an ingenious man with an eye for the main chance. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead – whether that’s a carefully planned seduction or sucking up to a well-placed aristocrat. In this alternate-18th century Versailles, his efforts have so far had good results. Sylvain has introduced the flush toilet – and the associated plumbing – to the court, and his facilities have become the hottest new thing.
However, his water lines have a disturbing tendency to spring leaks, and his efforts to keep everything running become more and more frantic. It turns out that Sylvain isn’t an engineer or plumber at all. Rather, his entrepreneurial vision depends on magic – and a captive.