Friday Short Fiction Club | Mud and Brass

I need to read more steampunk, I really do. This week I’ve read Mud and Brass by Andrew Knighton and I really liked how the story unfolded.

Thomas Niggle grew up poor and spent a lot of time hunting for scraps on the river bank. His mechanic skills have helped him advance a little in life but he’s mostly driven by other forces than success. I love how I didn’t know what he was about to do or why before he did it.

I haven’t read anything by Andrew Knighton before and I wouldn’t have read this one either if I hadn’t happened to stumble over it on Amazon. I’m glad I did, I really enjoyed it.


Book Cover Mud and Brass by Andrew KnightonHow far would you go for love, or for justice, or for the perfect gearwheel?

Thomas Niggle grew up a mudlark, hunting for scrap on the polluted banks of the River Burr. One of the countless poor living in the shadows of Mercer Shackleton’s vast factories, he has dragged himself out of poverty using his mechanical skills. An encounter with Gloria Shackleton, the Mercer’s daughter, offers Niggle the possibility of love, but it also offers something else, deep in the heart of the Mercer’s domain.

What hope can the future hold for a boy raised amidst the mud and brass?

A steampunk story of romance, vengeance and twisted technology.

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