In Steampunk England, Micah Grey, an intersex teen, flees their unsupportive home and their noble heritage. They join the circus, where Micah finds a new family, learns the trapeze, and begins to discover dark secrets of their country’s past and the truth about themself.
In a land of lost wonders, the past is stirring once more . . .
Gene’s life resembles a debutante’s dream. Yet she hides a secret that would see her shunned by the nobility. Gene is both male and female. Then she displays unwanted magical abilities – last seen in mysterious beings from an almost-forgotten age. Matters escalate further when her parents plan a devastating betrayal, so she flees home, dressed as a boy.
The city beyond contains glowing glass relics from a lost civilization. They call to her, but she wants freedom not mysteries. So, reinvented as ‘Micah Grey’, Gene joins the circus. As an aerialist, she discovers the joy of flight – but the circus has a dark side. She’s also plagued by visions foretelling danger. A storm is howling in from the past, but will she heed its roar?
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Steampunk
Genderqueer/Non-binary & Intersex: Micah
Cis girls: Aenea (side character)
Cis boys: Drystan (side character)
Bisexual: Drystan, Micah
Not mentioned in the book. Presumed to be the same as the characters’ sexual orientation.
White: Micah, Drystan, Aenea
Flashbacks to violating medical procedures
Although it is rectified in Shadowplay (the sequel), Pantomime seems to give the impression that intersex people are a magical species or a mystical subset of humans.
Ownvoices: Ownvoices for bisexuality.