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Heart of Brass (The Antipodean Queen Book 1) by [Felicity Banks]

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01J58E7RE
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Odyssey Books (25 July 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2284 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 306 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Felicity Banks is a Canberra author specialising in fantasy and interactive fiction, including several Choose Your Own Adventure-style stories that take place in the same magical steampunk universe as her Antipodean Queen Trilogy. All her interactive fiction is listed under “Felicity Banks” at and most of her interactive fiction can be read as an app.

Author photos by Cat Sparks.

She has three book series in development:

Antipodean Queen Trilogy - complete.

A steampunk fantasy series set in Australia. HEART OF BRASS was released in 2016; SILVER AND STONE was released in 2017; the third book was released in August 2018. There are several interactive stories set in the same world, often featuring the same characters. The full list of Felicity's fantasy steampunk tales is at

Heest Trilogy (set in Rahana, which is likely to host other books in future)

Rahana is like Narnia, with pirates. The Heest trilogy is about the tiny island of Luar and the horrifying monsters that live under and inside the ice (and, of course, about pirates). It is a chapter book designed for ages 10-14 (and, of course, everyone else who likes the idea of monsters versus pirates). THE MONSTER APPRENTICE will be released February 2018; THE PRINCESS AND THE PIRATE will be released February 2019; THE MISBEHAVING MOUNTAIN will be released February 2020.

Murder in the Mail

This is a cozy mystery story told through letters, postcards, objects, and art—all posted to the reader over the course of eight weeks. It is a collaborative story told by seven different writers and five different artists. Even the beautiful pieces of art carry clues for the reader to discover.

A BLOODY BIRTHDAY is out now but exclusive to

Magic in the Mail

FEUDING FAE is the first official &quot;Magic in the Mail&quot; story, but will not be mailed until June 2019.

EMMELINE'S EMPIRE is a mini-story. The full version is a f-f love story with a steampunk fantasy setting. it includes music, jewellery, and art. A stripped-down version (with two black and white pics only) is included with the IRON LIGHTS novel.


Nimmitabel Steampunk Fair/Steampunk at Altitude: May every year.

Sydney Supanova: June every year.

GammaCon Canberra: August every year.

Conflux Canberra: October long weekend every year (often beginning in September).

Goulburn Waterworks Steampunk and Victoriana Fair: October every year.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Steam punk, steamy heroines and aeronauts in Colonial Australia
By Mark ODwyer on 3 October 2021
Heart of Brass by Felicity Banks is published by Odyssey Books , "where books are an adventure".
This steam-punk book certainly is an adventure! And you get a bonus story in a Choose Your Own Adventure supplement. More about that soon.

'Society doesn't allow young men to marry science experiments.'

Straight from that first line we steam into enormous fun. Emmeline Muchamore needs to marry, and marry fast, to save her family from penury. But the likely mother-in-law to be, Mrs Dawes, was 'unlikely to appreciate the sight of her prospective daughter in law steaming violently from between the breasts.' Our heroine must take action to prevent this steaming, as any well-bred young lady would, but what she does is disastrous. In just one day she plunges from the eligible ranks of London's high society to a grim prison ship.

To keep her brass heart a secret Miss Muchamore adopts one desperate measure after another. once in the Colonies, she is even forced to associate with, sniff, an Irish currency lad, Patrick. What a come-down for a British lady! But equipped with her probability parasol, her very special pet rats and her affinity with the mysterious properties of metals, our Emmeline hangs firmly on to her bonnet.

Felicity Banks has created a heroine whose foibles and prejudices only add to her strengths. I loved the droll lines delivered on every page. Readers might also become intrigued by the pivotal events in (non-steampunk) Australian history that are referenced in this rollicking story. A special mention too for Elijah Toten, artist of the eye-catching cover.

With Heart of Brass, you also get a second book. Yes, two for the price of one. More in fact, because 'After the Flag Fell' is a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style bonus which picks up after the exciting finale of Heart of Brass. You can choose what fate befalls the characters! There are all sorts of scenarios to act out. Enjoy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun steampunk adventure based on historical events
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