"Immense and immensely entertaining genre-hopping yarn...Blend time travel with Bourne-worthy skulduggery, throw in lashings of technology and dashes of steampunk...A departure for both authors and a pleasing combination of much appeal to fans of speculative fiction."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Quantum physics, witchcraft, and multiple groups with conflicting agendas, playfully mixed with vernacular from several centuries and a dizzying number of acronyms, create a fascinating experiment in speculation and metafiction that never loses sight of the human foibles and affections of its cast."
Publishers Weekly

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New York Times bestseller!

From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a non-disclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world “jams” the “frequencies” used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.


Nicole Galland's historical fiction includes The Fool's Tale, Revenge of the Rose, Crossed: A Tale of the Fourth Crusade, I, Iago, and Godiva. Her contemporary tongue-in-cheek writing includes the novel Stepdog, the etiquette column "MV Ps and Qs," and Shakespeare For The Masses, which she co-writes with actor/director Chelsea McCarthy. Writing as both herself and as E.D. deBirmingham she was one of the seven co-writers of the Mongoliad trilogy. Most recently she collaborated with Neal Stephenson to write The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., a New York Times bestseller.  

She is a graduate of Harvard University, Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, West Tisbury Elementary School, and Lilliput Nursery School. Not in that order.