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Publisher Description

Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

It is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe -- London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox.

And it is the tale of Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent Europe through the newborn power of finance.

A gloriously rich, entertaining, and endlessly inventive novel that brings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life, Quicksilver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most original and important literary talents of our time.

And it's just the beginning ...

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
October 13
William Morrow

Customer Reviews

Lost in Space-time ,

So good it pisses me off

As a big fan of historical fiction, Quicksilver was to me both a Glorious Revolution and a hard to pass kidney stone (read book for allusions). The glorious part was the wonderful mix of thorough historical research with a cast of interesting fictional characters, plot lines and dialog to bind it all together. The kidney stone part is the painful and semi-hopeless situation of knowing one’s long held dream of authoring just such a work or perhaps a piece of science fiction (e.g. Seveneves) is a laughable fantasy. My time would be much better spent simply reading the works of Mr. Stephenson. I await them with cringing eagerness.

Bruce The Juice Davis ,


I just read Quicksilver for the second time in three years. Tackling the Baroque Cycle twice in three years? Shows how much I enjoyed it the first time through!

clarson ,

Engrossing read!

This is the first in Stephenson's Baroque series that will bring you in to the world of 17th century adventure, science and intrigue. I could hardly put it down.

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