Monday, April 20, 2009

The Family Trade (The Merchant Princes #1)

The Family Trade (#1 in The Merchant Princes series) by Charles Stross

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765309297
ISBN-13: 978-0765309297

The Merchant Princes series are alternate history, science fiction stories. Miriam Beckstein is a journalist whose mother died when she was a baby. Now an adult, her adoptive grandmother has given her a box of heirlooms which once belonged to her birth mother. A family locket transports Miriam to a parallel world that never developed beyond the Dark Ages.

This book had a truly unusual concept and it was a pleasure to read, but you don’t have to love science fiction to enjoy this read. The next two books in the series are: The Hidden Family and The Clan Corporate.

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