Flight of the Arconaut by Sophia Khan

This book by Sophia Khan hit the shelves on the 13th of January 2020. It has been published by Westland books in India.

Three thousand years after a catastrophic comet impact, declining fertility and plummeting IQs have continued to decimate the earth’s population. Two factions have risen from the ruins: the Atlantean Empire and the nomadic Barbarics. As prejudice and politics mix, a second great war appears imminent. On the isolated island capital of Atlantis, Nyx Cormorant is shielded from the harsh realities of Empire in decline. She spends her days toiling away in an underground laboratory and her nights testing her skills as an arconaut on the city streets.

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Three thousand years after a catastrophic comet impact, declining fertility and plummeting IQs have continued to decimate the earth’s population. Two factions have risen from the ruins: the Atlantean Empire and the nomadic Barbarics. As prejudice and politics mix, a second great war appears imminent. On the isolated island capital of Atlantis, Nyx Cormorant is shielded from the harsh realities of Empire in decline. She spends her days toiling away in an underground laboratory and her nights testing her skills as an arconaut on the city streets. Her dreams of establishing herself as the greatest arconaut in the Empire seem like they might just come to fruition when she’s pitted against the mysterious Brigadier Omar B. Prendergast. How is Nyx to know that the brigadier’s sinister past is deeply entwined with her family’s own? Or that he has come to Atlantis with one purpose alone: vengeance against the Cormorants? As he charms her family, and indeed all of Atlantis, Nyx is the only one who sees him for who he is. She must unmask the man, and quickly, before the foundations of all she holds dear are destroyed. Sophia Khan weaves an entrancing, disconcerting world in the first instalment of her Atlantis trilogy—and, in Nyx, a heroine for the ages.

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Her dreams of establishing herself as the greatest arconaut in the Empire seem like they might just come to fruition when she IS pitted against the mysterious Brigadier Omar B. Prendergast. How is Nyx to know that the brigadier’s sinister past is deeply entwined with her family’s own? Or that he has come to Atlantis with one purpose alone: vengeance against the Cormorants? As he charms her family, and indeed all of Atlantis, Nyx is the only one who sees him for who he is. She must unmask the man, and quickly, before the foundations of all she holds dear is destroyed. Sophia Khan weaves an entrancing, disconcerting world in the first installment of her Atlantis trilogy.

About the author

Sophia Khan was born in 1985 in Islamabad. She has an MFA in fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her first novel, Yasmeen, was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Karachi Literature Festival Getz Pharma Fiction Prize. She lives in Islamabad.

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