The Watchmaker and the Duke, #2

“A rich and brilliantly bonkers story of aliens and androids. Its themes of social justice and equality really set it apart in the sci-fi genre.” – The Belfast Telegraph about The Starlight Watchmaker

A sequel to the Carnegie-nominated The Starlight Watchmaker, featuring Hugo, Ada and Dorian.

Hugo is spending the holidays on his friend Dorian’s home planet, Hydrox. Although thrilled at the invitation, Hugo is still astonished that Duke Dorian could possibly want to be friends with an android watchmaker like him. But when the pair land on Hydrox along with their friend Ada, they soon discover that there are much bigger problems afoot.

A race of butterflies from a neighbouring star system have evacuated their now-uninhabitable planet, and Hydrox is struggling to find space for the growing number of refugees. Meanwhile, deep in the seas beneath Dorian’s home, a strange creature is on a path of destruction…

Can the unlikely trio step in before the crisis gets out of control?

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 12+

A 17,000 word novella which will be published in paperback and eBook by Barrington Stoke on 15th February 2021. Cover designed by Helen Crawford-White.

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