I own the hardback version of this book and have read it several times since it was released. I enjoy the settings in which Stirling’s works take place and this is no exception. Peshawar Lancers (PL) is set in a world with technologies at about the level of the early 1900s. A comet/asteroid struck the earth a little over a hundred years before and devastated the earth. Society in Europe, North America, and Britain almost ceased to exist and only a few major powers still remain – the New British Empire based out of India, Russia based out of Samarkand, the Caliphate covering swaths of the Middle East, France based out of North Africa, and Nippon based out of China. Each manages to maintain their hold over vast segments of their original empires, but the societies in each have changed. England and France remain European style civilizations heavily influenced by their new locations but Russia has embraced the devil (literally). The Peacock Angel is the god the Russians worship and they practice the dark rites one would expect along with it. All in all, it’s a perfect setting for Victorian Science Fiction using any set of rules (my recommendation, of course is The Sword and the Flame) or Aeronef.