New Amsterdam

New Amsterdam

Book - 2007
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Abigail Irene Garrett drinks too much. She makes scandalous liaisons with inappropriate men, and if in her youth she was a famous beauty, now she is both formidable--and notorious. She is a forensic sorceress, and a dedicated officer of a Crown that does not deserve her loyalty. She has nothing, but obligations. Sebastien de Ulloa is the oldest creature she has ever known. He was no longer young at the Christian millennium, and that was nine hundred years ago. He has forgotten his birth-name, his birth-place, and even the year in which he was born, if he ever knew it. But he still remembers the woman who made him immortal. He has everything, but a reason to live. In a world where the sun never set on the British Empire, where Holland finally ceded New Amsterdam to the English only during the Napoleonic wars, and where the expansion of the American colonies was halted by the war magic of the Iroquois, they are exiles in the new world--and its only hope for justice.
Publisher: Burton, MI : Subterranean Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9781596061064
1596061065
Call Number: BEAR
Characteristics: 267 p. ; 23 cm
Subjects: Fantasy fiction.
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m2 Feb 26, 2011

I loved the great partnership of Lady Abigail Irene Garrett and the debonair Sebastian de Ulloa in solving crimes both supernatural and not -- but always gruesome. Elizabeth Bear has a way of writing that sticks with you -- it was very hard to let these characters go when the book ended (and as a series of short stories, it doesn't end in a way that put the story to rest --- you WANT to know more.

This is early Steampunk, with flying dirigibles and horse drawn carriages, in an alternate history world of the Americas in 1899 while the English control the NE and France has LA and the Spanish have the Californias.
And it is also a fascinating account of vampires, as E. Bear conceives them.

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