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Blood of Earth is a series of novels written by Beth Cato.

Blood of Earth is about the life of Ingrid Carmichael, a young girl, in an alternative San Francisco of 1906. She is the first girl to possess the powers of geomancy, powers that allow to control and dominate the telluric energetic forces, which cause earthquakes and in San Francisco, controlled and managed by the Council of the Guardians, an organization of Geomancers, but in San Francisco, only men can be geomancers and geomancy is forbidden to women, therefore Carmichael, must hide his power, the protagonist, will have to foil an imperialist conspiracy and conspiracy, by of the American-Japanese confederation, for the conquest and domination of the Pacific Ocean and the China ...

The series consists of three novels:

  1. Breath of Earth (2016)
  2. Call of Fire (2017)
  3. Roar of Sky (2018)
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Blood of Earth contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: The Main Character, Ingrid Carmichael
  • Alternate History: Takes place in an alternative history where Magic and geomancy really exist and where Geomancers exist, where Abraham Lincoln was not murdered in 1865, where Theodore Roosvelt never became president of the United States of America and where an alliance has been created between the United States of America and the Empire of Japan, which has gained control and domination of the Pacific Ocean and is under military tension with China, or the Qing Empire ...
  • Americasia: A Steampunk version, in an alternative 1906.
  • Culture Chop Suey: the culture of San Francisco and a fusion of Chinese, Japanese, Irish and American culture
  • The Empire: the American-Japanese Confederation, also called United Pacific or Pacific Union, which is on the brink of a full-scale war against the Chinese Empire or Qing Empire
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  • Fantastic Racism: the Chinese in San Francisco and within the Japan-American Confederation are a discriminated and marginalized minority, while the society of the Pacific confederation is strongly male-dominated, misogynist and sexist.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: the Pacific Union and a kind of Union or alliance between the United States of America and the 19th century Japan Empire, but above all on the Meiji Empire and Taisho Empire of the history of Japan.
  • Magitek: the fusion of magic and technology spread in San Francisco, based entirely on the mystical energy of Kermanite and Geomantic energy, fused with Steampunk technologies and magic coexists with advanced Steampunk technologies, with the coexistence of a class of Magicians, known as Geomancers, practitioners of Geomancy, able to control and dominate the tellurgical forces of the subsoil, the Geomantic Energy derived from the earthquakes, in Energy, which feeds and keeps San Francisco up.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: In San Francisco, magical races of different origins coexist, including Kitsune from Japan, unicorns, and selkies.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Theodore Roosevelt is not the president of the United States of America, but is a high-level diplomat on behalf of the Pacific Union.
  • Steampunk: we are in a Steampunk Retrofuturistic San Francisco, dominated by advanced Steampunk technologies

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