Luzelle Devaire is an uncommon woman. She speaks her mind, often in front of paying audiences, and travels to rarely-visited lands to learn of different cultures. Her government, the Republic of Vonahr, offers to sponsor her entry into 'The Grand Ellipse', a race through several countries organized by the whimsical ruler of Low Herz. Winning the race will not only secure her future (and her independence from men like her father and the ex-Marquis she once courted), but also the future of Vonahr. The Republic has fallen under the gaze of the Grewzland empire (a thin disguise for Nazi Germany), and requires the aid of Low Herz, a notoriously neutral country. As champion of the race, Luzelle would have the opportunity to sway the ruler of Low Herz (by whatever means necessary) to the Vonahrish cause.
But first she has to make it through the race, with obstacles both natural and unnatural barring her way, including passage through Grewzland-controlled countries, magical beasts, and exotic natives. Adding to the fun, her ex-fiance, the ex-Marquis, is racing against her.
Original title: The Grand Ellipse
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Technology→ Steampunk & Low Tech