The Light Ages by Ian MacLeod
I received this book in a pile of things my mother thought I'd like. I'm not sure whether she had read it, though I expect she would like it. I decided to read it because I had a few days working in the office, which means train journeys - and it was a light paperback.
Summary: A fantasy novel set in an alternate industrial revolution England. A strange magical substance called aether is the basis of a hierarchical society, which the hero is rebelling against.
I liked the rich language and the setting, and it reminded me very much of other books which I like.
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