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Authors: Frances Hardinge

Tags: #Juvenile Fiction, #General

Fly by Night

 

To my inspirational grandfather
,
the author H
.
Mills West
,
and to Rhiannon
,
Mosca’s godmother

 

Contents

 

Note – The Fractured Realm

A
is for Arson

B
is for Blackmail

C
is for Contraband

D
is for Daylight Robbery

E
is for Extortion

F
is for Fair Mark

G
is for Gentleman’s Agreement

H
is for High Treason

I
is for Informer

J
is for Judgement

K
is for Kidnapping

L
is for Lock-pick

M
is for Murder

N
is for Not Proven

O
is for Oath

P
is for Prison

Q
is for Questioning

R
is for Redemption

S
is for Sedition

T
is for Trial by Combat

U
is for Undefended

V
is for Verdict

 

Note – The Fractured Realm

 

Parliament

Responsible for setting up the Committee of Kingmakers, established to decide who is truly destined to wear the crown. But as the decades have passed and no decision has been reached, a fractured realm has been born. The Capital follows Parliament still, but every other fragment flies a flag to a different possible king or queen.

The Guilds

With the Realm shattered and no one king or queen to look to, the various guilds of skilled working men have grown stronger. They maintain an uneasy, though jealous, alliance with one another – and so keep a kind of common order throughout the Realm.

·
The Company of Locksmiths – a guild of key- and lock-makers
,
led in Mandelion by Aramai Goshawk
.
No door can be locked against a skilled Locksmith
.
And their power grows in the light of this knowledge
.

·
The Company of Stationers – a guild of printers and bookbinders
,
led in Mandelion by Mabwick Toke
.
Masters of the printed word and all printing presses
.
If a text does not bear the Stationers’ seal
,
it is heresy and must be burned
.

·
The Company of Watermen – a guild of boatmen
,
policing the river and those that would travel upon it
.

Duke of Mandelion, Vocado Avourlace

Rules in name in Mandelion, and petitions for the Twin Queens to be returned to the throne. Lady Tamarind is his sister.

The Birdcatchers

Once custodians of all sacred texts, until they found the White Heart of the Consequence . . . then followed the Bad Time. But now all the Birdcatchers have been killed and the Stationers have burned their books.

The Beloved

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