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Lumière was written by Jacqueline E. Garlick and first published in 2015. It is a science-fiction/fantasy novel that focuses on a teenage girl who is searching for a machine that will cure her debilitating seizures. The story is the first book in The Illumination Paradox series and is followed by Noir (2015).

Eyelet Elsworth lives in a world where witches are punished by death and the mentally ill are treated like monsters. Afflicted with seizures since childhood, her parents have gone to great lengths to hide her condition from the world to prevent their daughter from living out her days imprisoned in an asylum. Her father tries to develop a machine called the Illuminator that will cure her, however he dies before it can be completed. On the same day, a brilliant flash lights up the sky and the sun fails to rise again.

Over the years that follow, Eyelet dreams of completing her father’s work. When her mother is executed for witchcraft, she leaves one item in her daughter’s care – a glowing pendant that holds the ability to save everyone. With pendant in hand, Eyelet sets off in search of her father’s stolen Illuminator but discovers it just in time to see it being stolen.

Hitching a ride on the back of his carriage, Eyelet soon finds herself stranded in a subterranean mansion in the woods. Unable to escape due to the encroaching deadly vapours, she reluctantly finds herself in the care of the thief – a disfigured youth by the name of Urlick Babbit. Although Urlick is sullen and his house is full of secrets, Eyelet soon realises that she needs to work with him if she is ever to get the machine operational. What she doesn’t know is that the true purpose of the device is more terrible than she could ever have imagined…

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