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Product Details

  • Series: Clockwork Heart Series (Book 1)
  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441863699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441863690
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,228,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pagliasotti has brought forth a terrific novel, one that embodies a bold new direction in the fantasy genre. For those who enjoy the work of China Mieville or D.M. Cornish..." — Drew Bittner, SFRevu.
"Escape to the fantastic and captivating three-tiered city Pagliassotti has created. The plot is intricate and has multilayered characters who perplex, entertain, and gratify. This is a wonderfully written book — one for the keeper shelf." — Romantic Times
"I must say, my little steampunk heart is just thrilled with this newest offering. It's an off-world story and the author has done a fantastic job with the worldbuilding." — Elizabeth Headrick, BookFetish.Org
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Druann Pagliassotti teaches at California Luthernan University and has been running her webzine, The Harrow, for over ten years. She enjoys traveling, adores iguanas, and can't fix any of her four broken pocket watches. Clockwork Heart is her first novel.

Customer Reviews

Despite those minor issues, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy/steampunk.
Kevin Sullivan
I appreciate the skill with which Ms. Pagliosotti handled the relationships between her main characters and the breadth and depth of her world building.
Lily of the Valley
I highly recommend this pseudo-steampunk book and look forward to reading the next one in the trilogy.
twinsmom

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. Hulet on March 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I really don't know what sort of story this is. It's an adventure, it's a mystery, it's crime novel and a romance kind of all throw into on. Such a complex blend of genre all set in a different world where technology is far behind our modern times in many respects, but has been carefully enough thought out that it makes sense.

At the center of the story is a young woman who works as an Icarus, basically the equivalent of a bicycle messenger only state-sponsored and with wings instead of a bike. The setting is a city-state that supports a caste system of governance. Again, pretty well thought out and not so complicated that you can't follow it. Taya, that main character, is a free-spirited, intelligent, unknowingly pretty protagonist who is drawn into a convoluted series of plots because she happens to be in the right place at the right time to save a woman and child who are members of the highest caste.

Taya is pretty well written and, as is often the case with female main characters in Fantasy works, she blends an interesting combination of stubbornness, willfulness and outright luck. She makes mistakes and causes problems for herself and others as a result and this makes her believable as a character. She is surrounded by a variety of supporting characters that fill their respective places in the story fairly well. No glaringly, out of place supporting cast in this book.

The story follows a fairly quick pace and covers a variety of settings. It's not quite an action/adventure book, but there's enough action to pace the slower social scenes. On the whole, it's well blended. I honestly felt more like I was reading a Urban Fantasy novel than a real Fantasy novel, but the setting is not modern.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rocky on May 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you like Urban Fantasies, you'll love this book even though it's a Fantasy. The heroine is decisive without being overbearing and obnoxious about it. The hero is not the standard pretty-boy Prince Charming. In a lot of ways, he seems to be unlikely until the inner qualities begin to be unwrapped one layer at a time.

It's a cross-genre book; however, it's beautifully written, cleverly orchastrated, and so original as to set a new standard.

Yes, the romance is there; however, it's very humanistic. This is not a book of casual lust that miraculously morphs into the forever kind of love. It's a book where the relationship is built one drop at a time, just like in real life.

What makes this book truly shine is the depth of plot, artistic world-building, vivid characterization, and sheer premise originality.

Kudos, Ms. Pagliassotti. Very well done.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on November 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Taya is an icarus, a person who's managed to pass the tests to become a privileged, winged, message carrier. This gift allows her to transcend her country's closely regulated caste system. Citizens are tattooed according to class, the lowest working in the mines and factories, while the highest lead the Council. Above it all ticks the Great Engine, a massive machine programmed to guide and rule the people, from the number of widgets that should be made on a particular day, to the job a person is suited for. Taya, as an icarus, bears no tattoos and no responsibilities for the Great Engine's functioning until the day she saves the lives of two Exalted.

Brothers Cristof and Alister Forlore belong to the Exalted class, a group of rulers revered and viewed as special because they've been perfected by the Lady through multiple reincarnations. When Taya saves their cousin's life, she is unwittingly drawn into the Forlore family's intricate world. Alister, a ladies' man and member of the ruling council, is instantly attracted to the petite muscle-bound icarus. And Taya, flattered, returns his flirtations. Cristof, who denied his class and instead chose a menial profession as a master Clock Wright, is everything his brother is not: plain-faced, rude, bossy, and anti-social, but analytical brilliance is something they both share.

When political turmoil erupts in the form of sabotage and bombings, and the Great Engine's inner workings are threatened, Taya will have to decide who to trust. The Exalted, who in public hide their intentions and feelings beneath ivory masks and silken robes? The lictors, a form of police, who amongst other things, strictly enforce the caste system?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angela Thompson VINE VOICE on November 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
This debut novel by Dru Pagliassotti is being billed as a steampunk romance/urban fantasy. And it is all of these. But it transcends each of them as well, making it IMO an incredibly enjoyable cross-genre read. I'm sitting here trying to think of someone I wouldn't recommend this book to and I'm coming up blank.

Taya is an icarus--a member of the messenger class. Every day she straps on a pair of metal wings and soars across the city of Ondinium delivering messages. Life in Ondinium is extremely stratified. As an incarus, Taya is considered outside caste and is therefore able to move freely between the uber-powerful upper crust and the lower level plebeians. Social rank is marked by a subtle facial tattoo. And the "exalteds" (the highest of the high) only go out in public masked and heavily robed, to preserve their grace and purity.

Then one day Taya inadvertently rescues an exalted and her son. This seemingly minor event thrusts her into the realm of the exalteds and into the lives of two brothers--Alister and Cristof Forlore. Alister is the dashing younger brother, a gifted programmer, a rising star on the political scene, and an incorrigible lover of women. Cristof is the caustic older brother who has chosen to live outside his caste, maskless, working as a clockwright among the working class of Ondinium. As a rebel group known only as the Torn Cards terrorizes the city with a series of bombings, Taya is swept up in a murder mystery and must quickly learn how to navigate the deep waters between exalted and plebeian, charm and ruthlessness, and Alister and Cristof Forlore.

CLOCKWORK HEART delighted me. I went into it complacently, wanting to love some characters and hate others unreservedly, but Ms.
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More About the Author

Dru Pagliassotti writes steampunk (Clockwork Heart) and horror (An Agreement with Hell) and owns The Harrow Press, which publishes horror fiction anthologies (Midnight Lullabies, Day Terrors, and the upcoming Mortis Operandi). Her stories can be found on Amazon as standalones (Alien Shots: After the Sleep) and in anthologies (Apexology: Horror and Corsets & Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances).

Dru is also a professor at California Lutheran University, where she teaches media studies and, to her colleagues' bemusement, researches boys' love manga (Boys' Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre) and male/male romance fiction.

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