is a British author (born in Canada). His Steam Punk
series includes The Court Of The Air
, The Kingdom Beyond the Waves
, The Rise of the Iron Moon
, and Secrets of the Fire Sea
Tropes featured in his works
- 10-Minute Retirement: Jared Black. He just never gets to settle down even though he really wants to.
- Affably Evil
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Amelia Harsh
- Awesome McCoolname: Molly Templar, Amelia Harsh, Purity Drake, Hannah Conquest to name just a few.
- Blue Blood
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Used to manipulate machines in The Court of the Air
- Come to Gawk
- Crystal Dragon Jesus
- Death Seeker: Boxiron has shades of this at times.
- Dreaming of Times Gone By
- Due to the Dead
- Empathic Weapon: Several. Notably in the Court of the Air, a legendary Steaman weapon is shown to be sentient, and it seems that the others are as well.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: An England where the English Civil War resulted in a crushing of the king and the church is avowedly disbelieving in any gods; a France where the French Revolution went on and on and many more.
- Fisher King
- Floating Continent
- Gambit Pileup: The Secrets of the Fire Sea turns out to be based on one
- Genetic Memory
- King in the Mountain: Invoked in an allusion
- Luke, I Am Your Father
- Made a Slave
- The Magnificent
- Meaningful Rename
- Mechanical Lifeforms: The Steammen were apparently created in the distant distant past as robotic servants, but are now fully sentient living beings, and have their own free state and government.
- Powder Keg Crowd: The king is displayed for abuse to disarm it.
- Royal Blood: A very bad thing to have in the parliamentarian Kingdom of Jackals; royals are deliberately bred and kept around to be abused and vilified.
- Sky Pirate
- Sacred Hospitality
- Swiss Army Tears
- Talking Weapon: Lord Wireburn
- Truly Single Parent
- Unable To Support A Wife: Jethro, after ejection from the Circlist church.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: a lot of major villains start out this way, but go careening off the slippery slope towards the end. It doesn't help that their ideas of utopia are often different from others peoples.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- Zeppelins from Another World