Introduction from the author

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Do you truly know what you're about to embark upon? The Mechanical Crown is no small endeavour - it wasn't for me, and it won't be for you. If this were a book on the shelf, it would be the size of The Name of the Wind. We're talking longer than Moby Dick, longer than The Fellowship of the Ring. About the same as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Point is, we're in epic fantasy territory here. This book took me three years to write, week-by-week, and many readers came along for the ride in real time. You now get to read it at your own pace - will you consume it in a frenzy of excitement, or let the journey stretch ahead for days and weeks?

Regardless, thank you for being here. Factor in earlier drafts and I've been working on this book for about twenty years. Now there's a terrifying thought.

I hope you enjoy it. Let me know either way.


Simon K Jones

2 October 2019

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