Clarke (the Assassin's Curse series) brings novelty and delight to steampunk Antarctica in this complex and lovely mystery. Eliana Gomez is the first female PI in Hope City, a domed city originally built to support an amusement park full of steam-powered automatons, and she wants nothing more than to emigrate to warmer climes. When recently widowed Lady Luna, an heiress with a secret, asks Eliana to recover some stolen documents, the fee is too good to turn down, even though it puts Eliana in the path of Hope City's biggest crime boss and at odds with her boyfriend. With robots from the amusement park evolving their own intelligence and agendas, freedom fighters agitating more openly for Antarctic independence, and the increasing unreliability of the power supplying heat and light to the city's main dome, Eliana's need for a hasty departure quickly becomes urgent, even as the tasks required become riskier. The worldbuilding will sweep readers away, and the entertaining and compelling cast of characters will make excellent company on the journey. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2015 PWxyz LLC
Private investigator Eliana Gomez goes up against a ruthless gangster—just as both humans and robots agitate for independence in Hope City, an Argentine colony in Antarctica.Review by Publisher Summary 2
A female private investigator comes into conflict with a ruthless gangster just as both humans and robots agitate for independence in a domed Argentinian colony in Antarctica.Review by Publisher Summary 3
"A female P.I. comes into conflict with a ruthless gangster just as both humans and robots agitate for independence in a domed Argentinian colony in Antarctica."--Publisher.Review by Publisher Summary 4
The Yiddish Policeman's Union meets The Windup Girl when a female PI goes up against a ruthless gangster'just as both humans and robots agitate for independence in an Argentinian colony in Antarctica.In Argentine Antarctica, Eliana Gomez is the only female PI in Hope City'a domed colony dependent on electricity (and maintenance robots) for heat, light, and survival in the icy deserts of the continent. At the center is an old amusement park'now home only to the androids once programmed to entertain'but Hope City's days as a tourist destination are long over. Now the City produces atomic power for the mainland while local factions agitate for independence and a local mobster, Ignacio Cabrera, runs a brisk black market trade in illegally imported food.Eliana doesn't care about politics. She doesn't even care much that her boyfriend, Diego, works as muscle for Cabrera. She just wants to save enough money to escape Hope City. But when an aristocrat hires Eliana to protect an explosive personal secret, Eliana finds herself caught up in the political tensions threatening to tear Hope City apart. In the clash of backstabbing politicians, violent freedom fighters, a gangster who will stop at nothing to protect his interests, and a newly sentient robot underclass intent on a very different independence, Eliana finds her job coming into deadly conflict with Diego's'just as the electricity keeping Hope City from freezing begins to fail...With the inner workings of the mob combined with the story of a revolution, 'Clarke brings novelty and delight to steampunk Antarctica in this complex and lovely mystery' (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Our Lady of the Ice questions what it means to be human, what it means to be free, and whether we're ever able to transcend our pasts and our programming to find true independence.