By Cindy Spencer Pape, author of ETHER & ELEPHANTS
I love doing research for my stories. I’m always learning something new, and Ether & Elephants was no exception. There were so many things I didn’t know about Victorian India!
- During the Victorian era, Calcutta (now Kolkata) was the capital of The Indian Empire, which went all the way from Afghanistan to Thailand.
- Indian elephants are smaller and easier to train than African elephants. They also have smaller ears and tusks.
- Rubies and sapphires are the same mineral, corundum. Only the red or reddish ones are called rubies. Indian rubies are often opaque and pink.
- Many buildings in Victorian Calcutta were constructed in chunks in England, then shipped to India, assembled and stuccoed. Bright colors were and still are, popular.
- The Viceroy of India was entitled to all the same protocols as a monarch, unless the Queen herself was present. In E&E, Lord Elgin, the second Viceroy was in charge. Instead of “Your Majesty,” he was called “Your Excellency.” His residence was known as “Government House.”
- There are dozens of ways to wear a sari. Brightly colored or embroidered silk can represent fertility and wealth.
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Sir Thomas Devere and Eleanor Hadrian have loved each other most of their lives—but sometimes love doesn’t conquer all.
Their chance at happiness was ruined by Tom’s hasty marriage to someone else. Heartbroken, Nell left home, finding a new life as a teacher at a school for the blind. But when one of her supernaturally gifted students, Charlie, is kidnapped, Tom reappears and her worlds collide.
Tom claims he hasn’t seen his wife since the day of their marriage…yet he fears the missing student could be his son.
The deeper they dig, the more Tom and Nell discover: a deadly alchemist, more missing gifted children and long-suppressed feelings neither of them is ready for. A race on airship across England and India may lead them to answers—including a second chance at love—but only if all of British Society isn’t destroyed first.
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