In a contemporary world without electricity, mana powers everything. And the artisans control all access to mana. Abelard works in a call centre, helping people with their artefact problems. He dreams of being an artisan, until an accident with a malfunctioning artefact makes that dream a reality.

But the world of the artisans is full of secrets, and Abelard uncovers a centuries-old conspiracy at the very heart of society. He will have to choose between living the life he has always wanted, and giving up everything to bring the artisans down. Sparking a robot uprising along the way isn’t really part of the plan.

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Interview – 14 February 2021

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