Title: COPPER UNDERNEATH
Genre: YA Fantasy
Fifteen-year-old Ave would do anything for a chance to visit a market, talk to a boy she’s not related to, or take a stroll down the street.
Anything except marry a murderer.
Marcus Marillius needs wealth and respectability to bring his propulsion engines to the masses. Marriage to Ave gives him both, provided he shares the credit for his mechanical marvels.
Marillius is happy to oblige—if his in-laws survive the wedding feast.
Too nervous to eat, Ave dodges the poisoned meal and effects a desperate escape through the sewers. Far below unfamiliar streets, she befriends Vele, a young transwoman who offers her refuge in an inventor’s workshop peopled by runaways. Amidst the ticking gears of the automata she helps craft, Ave fashions a new world for herself—one rife with possibility.
But when Marillius learns Ave is still alive, she can no longer ignore the life she left behind.
Avegaria could not eat in the week before her wedding.