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The Mechanical

Ian Tregillis

8 Reviews

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Alchemy War, Fiction, Fantasy

For fans of Paolo Bacigalupi, Ann Leckie and Neal Stephenson comes a thrilling and heart-breaking tale of one individual's struggle for freedom. It is a novel poised to catapult Ian Tregillis into the company of the most exceptionally talented, award-worthy authors of the science fiction and fantasy genre. George R. R. Martin called Ian Tregillis "a major new talent."

My name is Jax.

That is the name granted to me by my human masters.

I am a slave.

But I shall be free.


A novel of extraordinary vision, both heart-breaking and thrilling, from one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.

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Praise for The Mechanical

  • A confident and thrilling debut

  • A dynamite first novel

  • A white-knuckle plot, beautiful descriptions, and complex characters - Cory Doctorow on BITTER SEEDS

  • A damned entertaining novel. If Bitter Seeds is any indication of what's to come, then Tregillis will have a fertile writing career. Receives my highest recommendations

  • The one novel of 2010 I would recommend to anyone who believes that speculative fiction cannot compete with "literary" novels

  • A major new talent. - GEORGE R. R. MARTIN

  • Exciting and intense - Publishers Weekly

  • Eloquent and utterly compelling - Kirkus

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Ian Tregillis

Ian Tregillis is the son of a bearded mountebank and a discredited tarot card reader. He was born and raised in Minnesota, where his parents had landed after fleeing the wrath of a Flemish prince. (The full story, he's told, involves a Dutch tramp steamer and a stolen horse.) Nowadays he lives in New Mexico, where he consorts with writers, scientists and other unsavoury types.