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All Men of Genius (Excerpt)

, || Violet Adams wants to attend Illyria College, a widely renowned school for the most brilliant up-and-coming scientific minds, founded by the late Duke Illyria, the greatest scientist of the Victorian Age. The school is run by his son, Ernest, who continues his father's policy that the small, exclusive college remain male-only. Violet sees her opportunity when her father departs for America. She disguises herself as her twin brother, Ashton, and gains entry. But keeping the secret of her sex won't be easy, not with her friend Jack's constant habit of pulling pranks, and especially not when the duke's young ward, Cecily, starts to develop feelings for Violet's alter ego, "Ashton." Not to mention blackmail, mysterious killer automata, and the way Violet's pulse quickens whenever the young duke, Ernest, speaks to her. She soon realizes that it's not just keeping her secret until the end of the year faire she has to worry about: it's surviving that long.

All Men of Genius (Excerpt)

Please enjoy this excerpt from All Men of Genius by Lev Rosen, out September 27 from Tor Books.

At this point in the novel, seventeen-year-old Violet, a brilliant inventor living in late Victorian England, has almost successfully enacted her plan to enter Illyria College. Illyria is the most renowned scientific college in the world, and also the most exclusive—accepting only five students a year, all of them male. With her father going to America for a year, Violet and her twin brother Ashton have convinced him that they will be spending the year in London, in preparation for Violet’s finally coming out. Violet will in actuality be enrolled in Illyria, in disguise as Ashton, while Ashton gallivants around town, enjoying himself, and perhaps the coachman as well. Her childhood friend Jack is also in on the plan, and also applying to Illyria. But first, Violet has to get into Illyria. She has hand-delivered her application, but she still has to be interviewed. And before that, she has to learn to successfully impersonate a man.

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