Source-I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program.
Can she write a world gone wrong?
A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation, where her mother―a noted scriptologist―constantly alters and expands their reality.
But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative Victorian Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of young scientists with a gift for mechanics, alchemy, or scriptology―and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.
In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created―and only she can stop it.
This is a wonderful debut novel that is a rich steampunk feel where the world is created using the science of scriptology . Scriptology is a science magic hybrid where the “scientist” can actually create a new world by scripting or writing it into existence. This concept alone is what first drew me into the book. I always drawn to books about books or books about creating worlds. This one echoes a bit like the Glass Sentence series. I was quite delighted that not only does the world focus on the Scriptology science but a wide variety of them to the point where our main character ends up in a home where the kids are masters of different types of sciences at once. The term used in the book for them is Polymath.
The descriptions of the worlds that are visited and also the description of how the Scriptology works and is put into practice are quite well done. The love interest is slow to build and the final parts of the book make it so heart wrenching that you really feel for our main characters. It a wonderful start and i almost hope it expands beyond just the planned two books.