Despite 13 being unlucky for some (well, certainly if you’re a Knight Templar), that’s certainly not the case for the winner of the prize available on the 13th April. Two novels are up for grabs from Daniel Ottalini. His steampunk stories are set in the far depths of history. Brass Legionnaire takes place in a parallel universe where Julius Caesar has survived his attempted assasination during the Ides of March. This sets forth a global domination for Rome and in 1856, the Empire spans from the Baltic Sea to the Sahara Desert.
“Roman Colonae have been founded in the New World, and Roman engineering know-how dominates Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Only Han China in the Orient can muster such a powerful combination of strength, technology, and industry.
But beneath this marble facade, there are cracks. To the north, the barbarian raiders of Nortland cobble together great airships and go a-viking, dirigible style. To the east, the Mongols hit and run style of warfare has been stopped – at great cost to the Romans. To the south, local tribes great and small are banding together around a newly emergent empire located in the heart of the Ethiopian highlands.
Into this world we meet our two main characters. Julius Brutus Caesar is trying to live up to his namesake, the founding emperor, in the industrial slums of Brittenberg, an industrial powerhouse in the territory once known as Belgica. He escapes this life by joining he legions, against the wishes of his family.
Newly arrived in Brittenberg, Constantine Tiberius Appius, Caesar Secondus, or second heir to the Imperial Throne, has arrived incognito as a newly minted Tribune in the XIII Germania, a fresh legion.
As Constantine and Julius face the hazards and challenges of training camp, they hear of a growing insurrection in Brittenberg, one that threatens to tear out the heart of roman industry and send Rome into upheaval. With little training and no support, can the green forces of the XIII Germania save their families, their city, and the Empire itself? Or is it high time the longest lived empire in the world succumb to the forces that are trying to tear it apart?”
In Copper Centurion, Rome is looking to avenge the Nortlander attacks and sets off on an expedition north.
“…but saddled with political oversight, inept leadership and a resourcefully cunning enemy, the expedition walks a fine line between glory and destruction. With their technology failing, it will be down to swords and shields.”
You can find out more about Daniel’s incredible stories by following this link to his website.
You can also buy his books on Amazon.
As before, there’s also a high resolution image download from Space Machine Imagery. This will be sent via email with a link and password.
The item up for grabs on 13th April is a copy of Brass Legionnaire and Copper Centurion by Daniel Ottalini and a high resolution image from Space Machine Imagery.
We would like to extend our thanks to Daniel and Ruud De Korte for donating these fabulous prizes for the Steampunk Giveaway!
Make sure you watch the Facebook page for the winner being announced!
Stay tuned for the next day’s prizes! Or you can view the list here: Steampunk Journal’s April Giveaway