We Come With Vengeance Book Tour PLUS A Giveaway!
We Come With Vengeance
Publication date: March 14th 2023
Genres: Adult, Steampunk
The war has stretched on for twenty years, and the soldiers, civilians, and nobles are exhausted. Towns grow more desolate while war technology continues to advance, leaving the rest of Kaier behind.
Felix—heir to House Leigh-Van—harbors resentment for the war that has claimed his sister’s life and his father’s ethics. Regardless, he follows his orders and is content to remain equal among his fellow soldiers.
When a routine stop for repairs puts Felix at the epicenter of a brutal attack impacting civilians rather than soldiers, he struggles to continue separating his ethics from his duty. He’s privately ambivalent but publicly supportive of his uncle—the king—when whispers of an underground rebellion start to circulate. The rebellion is gaining traction and could soon make a serious play at ending the war.
But when even the tactics of the resistance begin claiming lives as quickly as the war itself, Felix starts to wonder who will survive to see the peace they’re fighting for.
“The Missed Opportunities of our Innovations”
The inspiration for the airships in We Come With Vengeance came from the USS North Carolina in Wilmington, NC. I try to go every time I’m in the area, but due to the pandemic, I haven’t been since 2019.
I’m especially interested in the 16-inch main battery cannons. The shell casings are nearly as big as me (I’m about five feet three inches tall). You can go inside the turret to see just how tiny of a space it is, inside the ship to see how they were loaded, and see where the shells were stored.
It’s interesting to think about how such a marvelous thing that was created by man was used for destruction. What would have happened if we had put our man power into designing creations that weren’t for a war?
I ask that question in We Come With Vengeance. Kaier’s technology has suffered from the war. Their cars resemble Ford Model Ts, they only have window air conditioning units, and their infrastructure is crumbling and reinforced with metal from retired airships. The country to the north of them has metal, towering skyscrapers, and cars that are sleeker. They weren’t impacted by a war, thus their society was able to advance faster than Kaier.
How far could our world have come if there wasn’t war? We can only speculate, but I like to believe those flying cars would have already been created by now.
H.G. Muralee was born and raised in North Carolina. She graduated from Western Carolina University and works as a paralegal. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading far too many books, watching The Great British Baking Show, learning her husband’s native language, and playing with her dog, Oliver.
*Print copy of We Come With Vengeance, a map, character art, and the enamel pin