Cover Illustration by Julie Dillon
A fantastical steampunk first contact novel that ties together high magic, high technology, and bold characters to create a story you won’t soon forget.
Captain Talis just wants to keep her airship crew from starving, and maybe scrape up enough cash for some badly needed repairs. When an anonymous client offers a small fortune to root through a pile of atmospheric wreckage, it seems like an easy payday. The job yields an ancient ring, a forbidden secret, and a host of deadly enemies.
Now on the run from cultists with powerful allies, Talis needs to unload the ring as quickly as possible. Her desperate search for a buyer and the fallout from her discovery leads to a planetary battle between a secret society, alien forces, and even the gods themselves.
Talis and her crew have just one desperate chance to make things right before their potential big score destroys them all.
Praise for Flotsam
“Combining the best elements of steampunk and space opera, placed in a lavishly detailed and imagined world, Flotsam will hold you firmly till the final page.”
—Cat Rambo, author of Beasts of Tabat
"I can't stop thinking about the world of Flotsam. Science-fiction, alchemy, and airships. It's magic."
—Mary Robinette Kowal, author of Ghost Talkers
“Flotsam tosses you headfirst into a fast-paced world of noir swashbuckling and intrigue. Airships, renegades, and plenty of action await within.”
—Scott Warren, author of the Union Earth Privateers series
“Flotsam sucked me in and wouldn’t let me go. R J Theodore is a fresh voice who will soon be on your must-read list!"
—Jennifer Foehner Wells, author of the Confluence series
“This author can paint a picture as vividly as if she had acrylics and a brush in hand and she isn’t afraid to use a cutting sense of humour . . . I can't wait to find out where the story goes next.”
—Tracey Stuart, Goodreads
“A powerfully imagined world which sucks you in, and a cast of characters that make the journey enjoyable.”
—Alan Brenik, NetGalley Review