Agatha H. and the Airship City (Girl Genius, Book 1) by Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio

By Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio

The economic Revolution has escalated into all-out struggle. it's been eighteen years because the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared lower than mysterious conditions. this present day, Europe is governed via the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over — and terrorizing — the hapless inhabitants with their extraordinary innovations and unchecked strength, whereas the downtrodden dream of the Hetrodynes' return.
At Transylvania Polygnostic collage, a beautiful, younger pupil named Agatha Clay turns out to don't have anything yet undesirable good fortune. Incapable of establishing something that truly works, yet devoted to her experiences, Agatha turns out destined for a lackluster occupation as a minor lab assistant. but if the college is overthrown by way of the ruthless tyrant Baron Klaus Wulfenbach, Agatha unearths herself a prisoner aboard his colossal airship fort Wulfenbach — and it starts to seem like she may perhaps hold a spark of Mad technological know-how finally.

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People who were taller got better jobs, and people even voted for some politicians just because they weren’t quite as ugly as everybody else. ” Tally shook her head. No m ­ atter how many times they repeated it at school, she’d never really quite believed that one. “So what if people look more alike now? ” Tally laughed. “Fat chance. Anyway, it’s just to see what you and I will look like in only . . ” Tally closed her eyes, sighing. ” She felt Shay’s weight on the bed and a light punch on her arm.

Her board started to lighten, and soon she and Shay had hopped on again, coasting over a ridge and down into a dark valley. Onboard, Tally found the breath to ask a question that had been bugging her. ” “Rivers come from springs, which come from inside mountains. The water brings up minerals from inside the earth. indd 57 12/16/10 10:25 AM S COT T W E S T E R F ELD “Right. ” “Yeah, exactly. But, actually, boards prefer iron. ” Tally frowned. Shay sometimes talked in a mysterious way, like she was quoting the lyrics of some band no one else listened to.

Even without much work, Shay’s face was already welcoming, vulnerable, healthy . . pretty. ” Shay didn’t look, just shrugged. “That’s not me. ” Tally smiled and hugged her. “It will be you, though. Really you. ” Tally cruised to a stop—right foot down, left foot up, bend the knees. ” Shay drifted slowly past, letting the breeze tug her along. They were as high up and far out as hoverboards would go, just above treetop level, at the edge of town. It was amazing how quickly Tally had gotten used to being up high, with nothing but a board and bracelets between her and a long fall.

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