Review: The Clockwork Crown

Title: The Clockwork Crown
Author: Beth Cato
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Published: June 9, 2015
Ebook, ARC
ISBN13: 9780062313997
Genre: Science Fiction/Steampunk
Source: Edelweiss


Rich in atmosphere, imagination, and fun, the action-packed, magic-filled sequel to The Clockwork Dagger is an enchanting steampunk fantasy, evocative of the works of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger.

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.

Joined by unlikely allies, including a menagerie of gremlin companions, she must evade killers and Clockwork Daggers on a dangerous journey through a world on the brink of deadly civil war.

My Thoughts:

I wasn't completely blown away by the first book, The Clockwork Dagger, but I enjoyed it enough to want to read this next book in the series. It picks up almost exactly where the last book ended. Octavia and Alonzo are on the run. Octavia is trying to find out more about the Lady and her origins. After what happened in the first book, Octavia is questioning her beliefs and needs to know if she is doing the right thing. The attraction between Octavia and Alonso is growing along with the danger. In fact, danger lurks around every corner in this book.

The first half of this book went along the same path as the first book. I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. But it wasn't until about halfway through that I really started to enjoy this book. So much so that it became unputdownable. I try my best to avoid spoilers, so I won't go into much detail. It's the last half of the book that saved this series for me. There's a lot of adventure and a little romance. Overall, I like this series. I don't think it will be a re-read for me, but I am glad that I read it.

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