Up-time Pride and Down-Time Prejudice

(4 customer reviews)


Set in the Ring of Fire universe, this is the story of Mary Russo, freshly graduated from Grantville high school. She has been hired by one of the wealthiest families of the seventeenth century, and now finds herself in a world very different from the West Virginia she once knew—a gilded world of intrigue, love and death.


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In the Year of our Lord 1633, Mary Margret Russo graduates from Grantville High School at the top of her class.  The beautiful and strong willed up-timer, as the people from the future are called, is mysteriously hired by a branch of the wealthiest family in the world. Mary finds herself far from her family, living in a beautiful castle in the Inn Valley of Tyrol.  There she meets Counts, Countesses, the handsome and distant Count Johann Franz, and works hard as a teacher and consultant among the one-percenters of the day.

But all is not what it seems in this gilded world, where religion, undercurrents of witchcraft, and vast sums of money create high-stakes contests, and where treachery and death await the unwary or the unprepared.

Can a resolute and intelligent girl find love, happiness, and purpose in this world where she is the ultimate outsider, out of her time, alone, and in dangers she cannot comprehend?

Using archetypes, occasional dialog, and story beats from Jane Austen, Up-time Pride and Down-time Prejudice tells the story of Mary Russo, Count Johann Franz Fugger, and Mary’s journey of maturation, knowledge, and love in this 1632 adventure.

4 reviews for Up-time Pride and Down-Time Prejudice

  1. Paul Howard (verified owner)

    Very fun read.

  2. jon sonnenleiter

    One of the best 1632 universe books out there.

  3. Magnus Fridriksson (verified owner)

    This is the correct format when publishing “Non-Eric-Fiction” in the 1632-verse. It has a minor – if any – impact on the main story arc, but is a delightful story in of itself. I can name a few books that were published by Baen and had their title including “163X” that should never have gone that route. I’m not going to name any, but I believe books that really have nothing to do with the main story arc should not be published as such. Channeling them through here is much better.

    But, back to this book.
    In short, I really enjoyed this one.

  4. William Scott (verified owner)

    This is the best ‘side story’ I have read in the ROF universe (so far) and an excellent study in the culture clash of up-time and down-time. I’m looking forward to more from Mark Huston.

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