Saturday, January 23, 2016

Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

My rating: 4.5 stars

My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: January 25, 2016
Genre: YA Steampunk Fantasy
Print Length: 333 pages
Available from: Amazon
When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother's neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.

Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags' swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.

Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.

Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

CoglingChildren are being stolen and forced to work in factories, while being replaced by Coglings, clockwork changelings that are imbued with the child’s characteristics and mannerisms. Their power source? A watch that “holds” them together. Edna found out the hard way that her brother was gone. She tore an unfamiliar timepiece from her brother’s neck. The result, he became a pile of cogs right before her eyes.

Edna sets off for help when Ike, a young thief recognizes what it is. Together they undertake a journey to rescue her brother. Some say the hags, are responsible, but most say they are a godsend to the people, who is right? Where have they taken the stolen children and how will Edna rescue her brother?

Follow along on their mission through treacherous territories, meeting up with the seedier side of life in a desperate attempt to expose the hags, destroy their factories and save the children. Will they be labeled traitors for speaking ill of the hags? Will their mission succeed or will they meet their own dark fate in the swamps?

Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek is part young adult fantasy, part steampunk and part adventure as two unlikely heroes set off to save the innocents and expose the sham the hags have hidden from the people. Edna is a delightfully strong character with a sense of right and wrong that is admirable. Ike, is a charmer, a thief with a heart of gold, brave, daring and ever-watchful over Edna. Add in the rest of the cast, sometimes quirky, sometimes evil, sometimes a little too pampered, and out comes a tale of fantasy that is sure to please young adults and tweens alike.
Beautiful descriptions place the reader within the story, each setting is almost perfectly visible, as are the interesting animals and creatures along the way. This is the type of fantasy to get lost in, these are the type of characters to remember. As far as target age group? You be the judge, but no matter how old you are, this is a wonderful escape.

I received an ARC edition from Jordan Elizabeth Mierek in exchange for my honest review.


1 comment:

  1. What an interesting concept. I'll have to check this one out. Thanks!