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The Stormforged by S. M. GREY

04/06/2023

Altrameda has served as a lab assistant and friend to the Tinkerer, her kind-hearted but perplexing inventor, for many years. But when she wakes up to discover she has been abandoned in a basement for more than two decades, she wants an explanation.

With the help of an old friend, Altrameda tracks down the Tinkerer and learns she is from a race of self-aware machines who were nearly wiped out by humans centuries ago: the Stormforged. Emboldened, Altrameda ventures to the Falkirk capital city of New Canton with others of her kind to reintegrate into human society. Their peaceful approach is fraught with complication, however, as not every Stormforged is interested in forgiving the humans for all but eradicating their people. In addition, the royal family has experienced a power upset that the Tinkerer might be directly responsible for.

Events heat up when Jonas, former student of the Tinkerer and current advisor to the royal family, interferes with the reconciliation attempts of the Stormforged. He believes he is to save humanity from an inevitable mechanical threat, and Altrameda must make a choice - to save humanity, or her people.

The Stormforged is a genre-blending fantasy, science fiction tale about a sentient robot and her curious presence in a technologically stunted world. A machine grapples with a world she does not fit into; not in the past, nor the present. The Stormforged explores self-awareness, self-identity, dishonest relationships, acceptance of one's past, and what it means to be human.

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