Monday, September 1, 2014

The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato (Clockwork Dagger Duology)

The Clockwork Dagger

Written by: Beth Cato
Series: Clockwork Dagger Duology
Sequence in Series: 1
Page Count: 368 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager; Original edition
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Rating: 3.5 Stars
ISBN-10: 0062313843
ISBN-13: 978-0062313843
Genre: Steampunk | Fantasy
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Synopsis:

Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.

Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.

The Clockwork Dagger (Clockwork Dagger Duology, #1)My Review
The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

Mystery, treachery, magic and mechanics provides a compelling tale in The Clockwork Dagger.

Octavia Lender is breaking out on her own. Recently leaving Miss Percival's school for medicians, Octavia is making her way to a small town to help cure a plague. Octavia is an extremely gifted healer, causing many opposing factions vying to control her.

While traveling on an airship, the struggle to control Octavia turns deadly. Who is trying to take Octavia out and who is trying to imprison her.

I really enjoyed reading The Clockwork Dagger, but there were a few things that didn't work for me. While reading the story, I felt like I missing a previous book. The story speaks of a prior character activities that make you feel you should be acquainted with but are not. I also wasn't crazy about all of Octavia's constant religious chants. It did become a little distracting from the main storyline.

What did make the story for me was the amazing world created by Beth Cato. We are brought into a world of mechanics, magic and the mayhem of war. The characters are intriguing and you never know who might be friend or foe.

The Clockwork Dagger was a good read for a die hard steampunk fan like me. I am excited to see what direction Cato will take next.

I received this ARC copy of The Clockwork Dagger from Harper Voyager in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication September 16, 2014.



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