The Queen of All Crows by Rod DuncanThe world is still in the grip of the International Patent Office, but might that iron grasp be slipping? Get started on book one of the  Map of Unknown Things, before book two, The Outlaw & the Upstart King arrives in January. We present you with the first three chapters of Rod Duncan’s fantastic novel, The Queen of All Crows.

The year is 2012 but it might as well be the Victorian age. The nations of the world are overseen by the International Patent Office, and its ruthless stranglehold on technology.  When airships start disappearing in the middle of the Atlantic, the Patent Office is desperate to discover what has happened. Forbidden to operate beyond the territorial waters of member nations, they send spies to investigate in secret.

One of those spies is Elizabeth Barnabus. She must overcome her dislike of the machinations of her employers, disguise herself as a man, and take to the sea in search of the floating nation of pirates who threaten the world order.

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