Even in a land of eternal twilight, secrets can’t stay in the dark forever.
Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth has only one hope left: finding her late father’s most prized invention, the Illuminator. It’s been missing since the day of the mysterious flash—a day that saw the sun wiped out forever over England.
But living in darkness is nothing new to Eyelet. She’s hidden her secret affliction all of her life—a life that would be in danger if superstitious townspeople ever guessed the truth. And after her mother is accused and executed for a crime that she didn’t commit, the now-orphaned Eyelet has no choice but to track down the machine that was created with the sole purpose of being her cure.
Alone and on the run, she finally discovers the Illuminator—only to see a young man hauling it off. Determined to follow the thief and recover the machine, she ventures into the deepest, darkest, most dangerous part of her twisted world.
Losing him would make her overcast world one shade darker…
Navigating her way through nightmarish lands devoid of sunlight, Eyelet Elsworth races to free her beloved Urlick Babbit, the first person to understand and accept her—differences and all. Framed for murder and sentenced to execution, Urlick is running out of time. And the Commonwealth’s tyrannical new ruler, Penelope Rapture, is strangely eager to speed up the clock.
Aided by a band of unusual yet loyal associates, Eyelet stumbles upon a startling rumor. And as she unravels a secret that could challenge Penelope’s claim to the throne, Penelope vows to divert Eyelet’s journey—straight to a dark and deadly end.
In Noir, the second thrilling addition to Jacqueline E. Garlick’s Illumination Paradox series, familiar friends struggle against new and old enemies, shocking secrets come to light, and the truth that could save this captivating steampunk world is revealed…if it doesn’t destroy everything first.
With Eyelet's fate hanging in the balance, newly proclaimed Ruler Urlick Babbit, struggles to contain his emotions, and fights to maintain power over the frightened and questioning subjects of the Commonwealth.
Their Ruler, it seems, has gone into what some call, hiding, whilst an ever-increasing, unexplained drape of toxic pollution invades the city, and mind-sucking demons patrol the gates.
It is rumored the ruler has lost his mind. Embraced the ideologies of a rogue, nomadic sorcerer, over the logic of age old medicine, entrusting his beloved Eyelet, solely into his care.
What is happening to Brethren? Where is the new Ruler? Why won't he address his people? And what of his fallen, soon-to-be queen bride?