Excerpt: Irenicon by Aidan Harte

IRENICON, the new fantasy by Aidan Harte, will be out on April 1st, and courtesy of Jo Fletcher Books, I’ve got an excerpt. Enjoy!


From IRENICON by Aiden Harte:

“What’s he doing?” said Giovanni.

Sofia squinted. “Did you think flags were just weapons? He’s sig- naling. It’s how we primitives communicate between towers.”

Giovanni ignored the sarcasm. “You can read it?”

irenicon“Of course. He says, ‘Why should I?’ Cheeky little—” Giovanni brightened. “Can you answer for me?”

“And say what?”

“Tell him I want to build a bridge.”

Sofia waved the message and read the reply: “‘Is that an order?’” She laughed and explained with a shrug, “Southsiders . . .”

Giovanni frowned, attempting to employ the logic he’d studied for so long. He knew he had authority to give orders—all Etruria had learned to fear Concord and thus to comply with its agents. He didn’t know if the Contessa was a typical Rasenneisi—she didn’t seem a typical anything—but she was not being in the least cooper- ative. It would be illogical if the towns that had suffered most were the least afraid, yet. Giovanni just knew that the boy would balk at an order, and that wasn’t logical either.

“Tell him I’d consider it a favor.”

She chuckled skeptically as she signaled back.

After a moment, she said, “Well, fancy that! In return, he wants to know how the angel works.”

“Tell him it’s a deal.”

Sofia relayed the message, then said, “I’ve got to go tell the Doc what’s up. There’s an emergency Signoria meeting this evening. Guess you’re the emergency.”

He smiled. “This should be ready when you return.” “I’ll believe that when I see it.”

“Trust me,” he said.

Typical Concordian presumption . . . Strangely, she did.


About IRENICON:
The river Irenicon is a feat of ancient Concordian engineering. Blasted through the middle of Rasenna in 1347, using Wave technology, it divided the only city strong enough to defeat the Concordian Empire. But no one could have predicted the river would become sentient—and hostile. Sofia Scaligeri, the soon-to-be Contessa of Rasenna, has inherited a city tearing itself apart from the inside. And try as she might, she can see no way of stopping the culture of vendetta that has the city in its grasp. Until a Concordian engineer arrives to build a bridge over the Irenicon, clarifying everything: the feuding factions of Rasenna can either continue to fight each other or they can unite against their shared enemy. And they will surely need to stand together—for Concord is about to unleash the Wave again.

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