Numismatics in the Reigns of Naranh and Viu by Alex Dally MacFarlane

The Mammoth Book of Steampunk

Title: Numismatics in the Reigns of Naranh and Viu
Author: Alex Dally MacFarlane
In: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (Sean Wallace)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Steampunk
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Robinson
Year: 2012
5th sentence, 74th page: Gradually she learned what she had expected: most leaders resented King Naranh’s refusal to share the methodologies and the full benefits of his steamworks.

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Naranh and Viu are brother and sisters monarchs. They use the coins and the people around them to validate their reigns in this story of constant tug and pull between two individuals.


I thoroughly enjoyed this short story. Not just the quick, sharp, fast pace. But the uniqueness of the storyline and the way that it drew me in from the very beginning. The way that the story was broken up into almost mini-chapters helped to lend this fast-paced feeling to the story and moved it forward beautifully.

The idea of coins being used to establish the reign and validity of rulership was something that I haven’t encountered before. And I found that I really enjoyed this. Something about coin collectors and the stories that they tell certainly came to mind while I was reading this. Each small part of the story tells of a new coin, a new mint and a new step in Viu’s plan to create her own rule of fairness and equality.

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