An orphaned child. A mysterious device. Cut-throat pirates who’d kill to get it.
When her mother is murdered by pirates, Harriet Howland is thrust into a dangerous quest to find her missing father. A fast-paced steampunk adventure for everyone from 9 years old and up.
Harriet Howland is happy to day-dream, listening to the tales of adventure a roguish sky monkey tells her at their secret meetings. But when her home is attacked she is thrown headlong into a dangerous struggle for survival. What is the mysterious device the dying woman gave her? Who is the strange Professor Poliakoff? Will she find out before the pirates close in?
As the mysteries unfold and the danger mounts, Harriet discovers nothing is as it seems. It will take all her wit and courage to tell truth from lies, true friends from secret enemies, and finally confront the secrets of her past…
If you like a fantastical, page-turning adventure story with a plucky heroine, as heart-wrenching as it is exciting, you’ll love Austin Hackney’s tale of courage, friendship and hope pitted against terrifying odds.
Beyond the Starline, first in the Dark Sea Trilogy, has now been released by Clockwork Press and is available to buy from all online bookstores (Amazon, Waterstones, Nook, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iBooks, Overdrive, Scribd and many others) or you can ask for it at your favorite high street bookseller or public library.
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