Volume I of The Gold & Steel Saga, originally released in 2016, re-released in 2018, and remastered in August of 2020.
The Blurb from the back:
The nation of Illiastra sits in the clutches of the Elite Merchant Party, a group who uses its lands and its peoples to enrich themselves and further their own goals. Openly standing against them is a woman known only as Lady Orangecloak and her faction, the Thieves. With their very lives at stake, the Thieves and their fearless leader fight to end a hundred-year reign of oppression. Inspired by Lady Orangecloak’s actions and seeking her own emancipation, Lady Marigold Tullivan, daughter of a ruling lord, steps forward with designs on tearing down the Elite Merchants from within. Will Illiastra survive what is to come?
As Fierce as Steel is the inaugural entry in the seven-part Gold & Steel Saga, an industrial-era fantasy epic by Christopher Walsh. The series blends traditional fantasy elements with modern sensibilities, inviting seasoned fans of the genre and contemporary readers alike. The conflicts and struggles of Lady Orangecloak, Marigold Tullivan, mercenary Tryst Reine, Ellarie Dollen of the Thieves and others weave a grand epic adventure of growth and personal discovery that is sure to captivate readers of all preferences.
Buying As Fierce as Steel is just the beginning of your adventure in the world of Gold & Steel!
The three previous cover variations. Starting from L-R: the original 2016 hardcover, paperback and ebook release; the 2018 re-release in the same three formats; and the limited edition, early re-relase of the re-mastered 2020 edition (paperback only) Artwork by Christina Hamlyn.
Title: As Fierce as Steel
Type: Installment in Epic-length fantasy series.
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Gaslamp Fantasy, Grimdark Fantasy
Published editions: Three (2016, 2018, 2020)
Formats: Paperback, Hardcover, eBook
Length: 693 pages/288k words
Point-of-View characters: Four
Age range: Adult oriented. May be acceptable for ages 15+.
Content warnings: Blade, firearm, bow, and hand-to-hand violence; occasional foul language; sexual content.