The Iron Horses of Sesp is a story serialised into six novella-length parts with each episode released two days apart. Immerse yourself in the strange and amazing world of Sesp and wonder at the sights and sounds that Alice Ashton describes so vividly.
Episode 1 DREAD MECHANICALS
When Essylt is forced to leave her mountain home with her young dragon, Cai, she needs to earn enough to take him to a land where he will be safe. But the city of Sesp – which is the place to earn riches – has wiped out its dragons. Will she be able to achieve her aims while keeping Cai out of harm’s way? And can she trust the inventors, Rot and Wisdom (of Dread Mechanicals), to keep Cai a secret?
Essylt becomes drawn to The Nit – Sesp’s central railway station – where she is awed by the wonders of this incredible cathedral-like building. Not to mention the gleaming steam locomotives that are the beating heart of the Sesp economy. Working on the trains will bring her the cash she needs but with violent strikes on the line, she also needs to protect herself.
Episode 2. FREE FOR ALL
In which Essylt learns more about Rot and Wisdom’s Dread Mechanicals and what drives them. Someone tries to steal Cai, and Essylt has her first day at the Nit, where she encounters corruption and intrigue as a result of the postal strike.
Episode 3. THE VERDIGRIS HALL
In which Essylt and Cai discover there might be more dragons in Sesp, but their own secret is close to coming out. Rot and Wisdom make a breakthrough in their work.
Episode 4. STRIKE ONE
In which The postal train is attacked by strikers, putting Essylt in danger.
Episode 5. WIND UP
In which Rot and Wisdom show Essylt their invention in readiness for the Great Exhibition; Ish takes Essylt to meet Ravensbone and Essylt makes a horrific discovery.
Episode 6. THE GREAT EXHIBITION
In which Cai goes missing and Essylt has to do business with criminals.