The Nullification Engine by Scott Marlowe
The city of Brighton promises new beginnings for Aaron, Serena, and the taciturn eslar, Ensel Rhe. But, upon their arrival, Aaron and Serena are arrested for their role in the Chaos of a week ago, while Ensel Rhe slips away on business of his own.
The pair are given the opportunity to plead their case before the earl himself, whereupon they are released and assigned a very special duty, for deep below the palace lies the Nullification Engine, an ancient machine completed hundreds of years ago but never activated. Until now. While Aaron and Serena struggle to unravel the machine's mysteries, Ensel Rhe confronts his past once more when he learns his daughter has come to Brighton, but in the company of one of his greatest enemies.
A race against time begins as Aaron comes to realize the Nullification Engine was never turned on for a reason, for once the machine reaches a state of full nullitivity, it will destroy Brighton and everyone in it.
About the Author:
Scott Marlowe writes both straight-up fantasy and steamfantasy, which is a mix of fantasy and steampunk. We all know anything can happen in fantasy. But toss in some pseudoscience, an infernal machine or two, and some rampant sorcery, and you've got a true recipe for disastrous adventure and fun.
When he's not writing, Scott likes to hit the trails on his mountain bike or design software systems for the accounting industry. He loves dogs, dark beer, and strong coffee.
Scott lives in Texas with his wife and two crazy dogs.
You can find more information about Scott online at scottmarlowe.com.