Ian Tregillis is the son of a bearded mountebank and a discredited tarot card reader. He was born and raised in Minnesota, where his parents had landed after fleeing the wrath of a Flemish prince. (The full story, he's told, involves a Dutch tramp steamer and a stolen horse.) Nowadays he lives in New Mexico, where he consorts with writers, scientists and other unsavoury types.
Part three can't come too soon -- KIRKUS REVIEWS on THE RISING The Mechanical is as intricate and exquisite as the clockwork wonders it brings to life -- NPR on THE MECHANICAL With The Mechanical Tregillis displays the craftsmanship and precision of a master clockmaker . . . [He] skilfully portrays characters that are as compelling and sympathetic as they are flawed and conflicted . . . I would recommend The Mechanical to any reader with an interest in well-written and engaging fantasy story set in an elegantly constructed alternate history -- SFF WORLD on THE MECHANICAL Tregillis presents a fascinating look at the nature of free will and the existence of the soul, wrapped up in an absolutely thrilling adventure story. Jax is an amazing, sympathetic character, and the world of the clockmakers and their slaves is so absorbing that readers will be dying for the next entry in this new series -- LIBRARY JOURNAL on THE MECHANICAL A multi-layered literary confection . . . tight and well constructed, and an absolute pleasure to read . . . absolutely fascinating, and unapologetically clever -- SCI-FI AND FANTASY REVIEWS on THE MECHANICAL A hugely entertaining novel -- SFX on THE MECHANICAL Tregillis launches a series with this superb alternate history filled with clockwork men and ethical questions on the nature of free will . . . Tregillis's complex setting is elegantly delivered, and the rich characters and gripping story really make this tale soar -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on THE MECHANICAL One of the sharpest, most intelligent, hugely compelling works I've read this year, and I cannot wait to see where Tregillis takes this series next -- FORBIDDEN PLANET INTERNATIONAL on THE MECHANICAL The first thing readers will say after finishing this splendid book is: "Wow." The second thing will probably be: "When can I read the next one? . . . This is a rousing SF/fantasy adventure, with a brilliantly imagined and beautifully rendered alternate world -- BOOKLIST on THE MECHANICAL A frighteningly frank and brutal consideration of slavery, post-slavery, and colonialism in metallic garb -- KIRKUS REVIEWS With the Alchemy Wars, Ian Tregillis has built a marvelous world - and in The Liberation, he destroys it. Humanity is faced with a relentless mechanical enemy - think a steampunk version of The Terminator - and only a few brave individuals of both flesh and metal have a chance to save it. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully written, Tregillis has created a perfect end to his series, filled with heroism and horror all the way to the finish. -- Christopher Farnsworth, author of BLOOD OATH