After a defiant attempt to prevent an all-out war between League forces and South Darmoil, Voi Román has been placed on probation as well as temporary house arrest in Borellia under strict observation by Sector One agents. In the meantime, she turns to the prison-like confines of her fiancé’s mansion to investigate the mysterious past of Captain Andre Neverri’s first wife: an emelesiac named Gemma said to have gone insane. Finding a way into the woman’s locked yet abandoned quarters, Voi uncovers clues which seem to hint at some disturbing facts about the emelesiac’s past.
When Andre discovers Voi snooping around his home, he offers to assuage her fears and takes Voi directly to visit Gemma at a privately-owned asylum. Despite a seemingly euphoric countenance, the woman secretly passes Voi a cryptic message that smacks all-too-loudly not only of a cry for help but also of a larger conspiracy against emelesiacs at play. Skeptical, Voi reaches out to Agent Ron Callahan—for she worries after Gemma’s saftey and that of her Aunt Clara back in Apexia. Realizing this has become a matter of personal importance to Voi, Ronny finds a way to slip her past Andre and the Sector One agents monitoring her. Together, they set out to investigate Aunt Clara’s circumstances and the troubling implications behind Gemma’s message.
Everything about their visit to the Landon County Hospital in Apexia goes terribly wrong when an attack on the asylum suddenly lets dozens of mentally unstable patients loose on the streets. In the midst of pandemonium, Voi is seperated from Ronny and finds herself in the hands of an unexpected enemey. Drugged into a state of unconsciousness, Voi awakes to a nightmare at the mercy of an ice pick and a hammer: the telltale tools of a lobotomist…
Can Voi escape an almost certain and cruel fate, or has her morbid curiosity sealed her bitter end?
The Elementalist: Asylum is the third novel of the dieselpunk fantasy series The Elementalist, harkening an amalgamation of the golden age of The League of Nations, globe-trotting aviators, and majestic luxury airships in the world of Element 7—where a connection with the natural elements is a tangible thing, the power of the mind knows no bounds, and the governing of such forces becomes a cause worth fighting for.
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