Brimstone: The Metals Trilogy (Vol. I)



A knight fallen from grace, Ava Sandrino has spent years in courtesan’s silks, searching for wealth behind the Paper House walls. One winter eve, in the fog-soaked city of New Dera, she discovers something else: Sariel, a fugitive slave. He is running from the desert mines, and from an Empire that is hungry for a new and mysterious metal that the alchemists call brimstone.

In a moment of mercy and lust, Ava shelters Sariel from his pursuers, and in the light of the moon, he speaks to her of a door. It is a gate that opens into a world that lies beyond the Northern Dark, over the edge of their farthest horizon. There, paupers rub shoulders with princes, and there are riches to be had by those with the will to seize them.

Swayed by his tales of strange oceans and distant stars, and tired of a past that haunts her, Ava joins him. The lure of a kingdom where souls are remade beckons. Their path, however, is far from clear. Ava and Sariel must cross a borderland that is the domain of magicians, the humans that serve them, and the One O’clock King: a faceless despot who guards the crossroads of worlds.



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© 2019 Justine Rosenberg


Finishing the manuscript: The Mood.

So, November has been a month! Pleased to say that I am more than halfway through the first draft of WITCH GOLD, and that BRIMSTONE is now officially floating about in the world, thanks to DartFrog Books. Sex, science and steampunk, in a novella-shaped package.

You can purchase it from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It is also available at select bookstores in the US: click here for locations.

FOR ANY BOOK BLOGGERS, bookstagrammers, Goodreads peeps, or people interested in free stuff, the ARC for BRIMSTONE will be available until the end of this month. You can claim your copy here. Honest reviews are always appreciated.



More than halfway through October, already! In the interest of maintaining a regular writing schedule, I’ve decided to start dumping all of the free fiction here. Will be updated monthly. Character studies, short stories, concept work, etc.

The first piece (The Magician) has just been posted. Content warning for body horror, violence, and profanity. Not-so-human humans, shady government organizations, and things that go bump in the night.



Hi folks! Just a reminder that the eBook version of BRIMSTONE is currently available for purchase on Amazon. Paperback copies go live in November.

Alchemy, lust, and treason in a steampunk-esque world on the brink of destruction. Get your copy here.

At midnight in October, Ava came home to a broken door. It stood ajar, gaping around the cold and dark. A piece of deadbolt thudded onto the seafoam carpet. No sound emanated from the little flat. She let herself in, just as the murmur of voices and the drag of boots boiled up from the landing below.

Her tin rings clicked against the revolver tucked into her coat. The noise was of knights crowding into the atrium, but they were not here to chase off thieves. This building was full of crooks. It was a khat raid, perhaps, or an ivorywoman whose long run had come to an end. Ava took off her shoes and pushed the door shut. She crept through the foyer, palms damp against the weapon’s grip.

Everything was as she had left it. Only the paneled window stood out of place, thrust into a tangle of fog. Weak moonlight glittered upon the face of the Climbing Sea, and blue night birds cooed in the eaves, their warbles piling like dust into corners and cracks.

“Hey,” she said. Her breath hung in the freezing air. “I have a gun! There are knights downstairs, you hear me?”

[ The Metals Trilogy: Vol. I ]

© 2019 Justine Rosenberg


Welcome! I am Justine Rosenberg, drinker of coffee, lover of wine, author, and shunner of sunlight.

My debut novella, Brimstone, will be available for purchase on 1/11/2019. Flowers, science gone wrong, and the junction between magic and mathematics is absolutely my thing.

I am constantly in the process of drafting sequels, poetry, short stories, and other odds and ends. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @ squidinkmoon.