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Future That Never Was by Kin S. Law is the first book in the Lands Beyond series. Albion Clemens has taken his crew and steered them away from the pirate way of life to search for his missing stepfather. A mission that is easier said than done when he learns that his stepfather has agents of the Queen and calamity hunting him for the theft of a pirate artifact. As he searches for Captain Samuel’s whereabouts, he turns to a crew of surprising allies, each with their own stories and motives that collide with his as they work together to retrieve the artifact and find his stepfather before it’s too late.
Kin S. Law captures the essence of the steampunk genre through pirates, penny dreadfuls, and airships to create this gritty and action-packed atmosphere. The story brings to life an alternate history that takes place in England and captures the little details of this world that make it realistic while drawing you into the adventure. The story centers on the search for Captain Samuel. The characters are drawn together through a common purpose, whether it’s facing a threat or seeking the artifact. Each of the four primary characters faces their own journey throughout an unforgettable adventure.
Albion Clemens is at the center of the plot as a pirate who has a calmness that connects with the other characters and helps him deal with his family in the middle of the chaos. Vanessa Hargreaves is an inspector with a strong-willed personality that gets her into a variety of dangerous hijinks while also making her a delightful counterpart to Albion. Rosa and Nessie are a duo of con artists that add high stakes fun to the story with fast-paced moments. Hikawa's journey consists of him exploring the meaning of his life and facing the fear of his possible death. Future That Never Was is an exciting adventure that brings the genre of steampunk to life with pirates, action, and delightful characters.