An orphaned child.
A mysterious device.
Cut-throat pirates who’d kill to get it.
When her mother is murdered a young girl is forced to undertake a dangerous quest to find the father she never knew.
Harriet Howland is happy to day-dream, listening to the tales of adventure the roguish sky monkey, Sibelius, tells her at their secret meetings. But when her tower home is attacked by bloodthirsty pirates and her mother killed, she finds herself running headlong into a dangerous struggle for survival. What is the mysterious device the dying woman thrust into her hands? Who is the strange Professor Poliakoff she’s been told will help her? Will she find out before the murderous 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 dark ghosts of her past…
Beyond the Starline is the first in a trilogy of steampunk adventure novels for everyone from ten years up. If you like a fantastical, page-turning adventure story with a gutsy heroine, as heart-wrenching as it is exciting, you’ll love Austin Hackney’s tale of courage, friendship and hope pitted against terrifying odds.