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Twisted Cogs by Maddirose

A fantasy adventure in magic-touched renaissance Italy 

It is the turn of the 15th Century, and the world has entered a golden age of art, invention, and architecture. This veritable renaissance of literature and learning in Europa is suddenly thrown into overdrive when a chosen few begin displaying preternatural abilities. Torn between the age’s burgeoning love of science and the dark promises of magic, Europa has become a powder-keg of clockwork and sorcery.

Elena Lucciano doesn’t care about increasing mankind’s knowledge or exploring the mysterious workings of magic. Even though she has magic potential, as is evidenced by her spirit-companion that no one else can see, Elena doesn’t have high ambitions. All she wants is for her mother to be proud of her, for her teacher to accept her, and to become one of the best artists in all of Italoza, content to ignore all thoughts of science and magic.

Unfortunately for Elena, the tides of invention and magic are sometimes not content to ignore those who ignore them . . . 

Note: While there are explicit interludes in Twisted Cogs, these interludes are contained in their own section of the site, and the story reads perfectly well if one chooses to skip them.

Note: Twisted Cogs contains some graphic sexual content and graphic violence.


A serialized novel, updating twice weekly

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Listed: Jul 4, 2014

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An Exquisite Fantasy AU

By E_Foster, author of Cages

Aug 12, 2014: Twisted Cogs tells the story of Elena, a gifted artist who travels from her small town into the city in hopes of being apprenticed to the best artisan in the city. However, she finds that realizing her dreams might not be as easy as she initially imagined. In order to achieve her goal of artistic success, Elena must learn navigate a world that presents her with questionable alliances, dubious friendships, and vicious enemies.

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Unconventional and intriguing.

By Dennis N. Santana, author of The Solstice War

Nov 1, 2014: Twisted Cogs is an alternate universe fantasy inspired by the art culture and societies of 16th century Italy during the Renaissance. It tells the story of a girl named Elena who comes from a family best described as big fishes in a very small pond. As she seeks an apprenticeship from a renowned artisan, she discovers how complicated the world beyond the countryside really is—and the reader discovers alongside her.

The world of Twisted Cogs features supernaturally-gifted people known as "Stormtouched." [more . . .]

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The best of a plot-driven story

By Tartra, author of The Other Kind of Roommate

May 12, 2015: Let me explain what I mean by five stars.

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