The Trencadis tales begin in 1850, on the island of Majorca.
In this alternate history, Majorca is the political hub of the Confederacion Mediterraneo.
The first published tale, Smithereens: the Unvarnished Truth of the Pollensa Blockade is a short story in the grand tradition of the epistolary novel. Coreopsis Fairholm-Mendoza writes to Salix Fairholm, one of thon’s parents, relaying the extraordinary events of a day in the life of a Navy cadet. Is there really an evil-avenging kraken in the Mediterranean? Add if so, why?
Core’s skills as a truthreader are tested when the Diplomatic Corps asks thon to tour two delegates from the embargoed British Empire around the island. Their odd social tiering of class and gender conflicts with the Confederacion’s strict egalitarian ideals, creating alternately tense and hilarious moments.
Welcome to genderqueer, multi-cultural steampunk!