It is 1852. The Indian empire of Rajthana has ruled Europe for more than a hundred years. With their vast armies, steam-and-sorcery technology and mastery of the mysterious power of sattva, the Rajthanans appear invincible. But a bloody rebellion has broken out in a remote corner of the empire, in a poor and backward region known as England. At first Jack Casey, retired soldier, wants nothing to do with the uprising, but then he learns his daughter, Elizabeth, is due to be hanged for helping the rebels. The Rajthanans offer to spare her, but only if Jack hunts down and captures his best friend and former army comrade, who is now a rebel leader. Jack is torn between saving his daughter and protecting his friend. And he struggles just to stay alive as the rebellion pushes England into all-out war.
This impressive debut fuses fantasy with alternate history, reversing the British Empire's conquest of India. Wilson's version of 19th-century England has been invaded and conquered by the Indian empire of Rajthana, which rules all of Europe with vast armies and a magical source known as sattva. Jack Casey is a retired soldier who wants nothing to do with a growing rebellion of English natives, but when his daughter is arrested for being a rebel sympathizer, Casey is blackmailed into tracking down the mysterious rebel leader known as the Ghost, Casey's former comrade in arms. If he turns in the Ghost, he'll save his daughter from the gallows. Suffering from a magical wound that could kill him at any time, Casey begins his quest in an England on the verge of all-out war. The mix of Arthurian legend and Hindu mysticism make this breakneck-paced adventure a rich and engaging read.