The Clockwork Crown
Written by: Beth Cato
Series: Clockwork Dagger Novels
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication date: June 9, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy
Narrowly surviving assassination and capture, Octavia Leander, a powerful magical healer, is on the run with handsome Alonzo Garrett, the Clockwork Dagger who forfeited his career with the Queen’s secret society of spies and killers—and possibly his life—to save her. Now, they are on a dangerous quest to find safety and answers: Why is Octavia so powerful? Why does she seem to be undergoing a transformation unlike any witnessed for hundreds of years?
The truth may rest with the source of her mysterious healing power—the Lady’s Tree. But the tree lies somewhere in a rough, inhospitable territory known as the Waste. Eons ago, this land was made barren and uninhabitable by an evil spell, until a few hardy souls dared to return over the last century. For years, the Waste has waged a bloody battle against the royal court to win its independence—and they need Octavia’s powers to succeed.
The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato
Utterly colorful, vivid and imaginative, The Clockwork Crown is a steampunk fantasy unlike any other.
The best I can describe The Clockwork Crown is a mix of steampunk, magic and religion. You have the religious zeal of Octavia, the magical healer, who is surrounded by a world of mechanics and political machinations.
There is also a slow and lightly touched romance between Alonzo, the assassin and Octavia, the healer.
As the second book in this duology, The Clockwork Crown does bring the tale to an expected conclusion.
I am a huge steampunk fantasy fan and this story has all the makings of an amazing read but it just didn’t hold me. It has lots of action, plenty of mechanics and machines and creativity off the characters but I think, what I like to call, the “woo woo” aspect disconnected me from the story.
I received this ARC copy of The Clockwork Crown from Harper Valley in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication June 9, 2015.