- Series: The Clockwork Republic Series
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Per Bastet Publications LLC (November 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942166109
- ISBN-13: 978-1942166108
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,623,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bitter Cold: A Steampunk Snow Queen (The Clockwork Republic Series) (Volume 4)
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Other than a few oddly repeated lines I truly enjoyed Rachel Ahrens' performance of this book. It could be a glitch in my Audible App or even a typo within the script that she read from. She brought emotions and depth to the characters I would have missed by just reading the book myself. I will definitely be looking for more titles narrated by her and sincerely hope she continues on with this series as she seems to be an amazing fit!
This series does not need to be listened to (or read) in order as it consists of stories just based in the same world and not necessarily connected to each other via plot or storyline. This is the fourth book based in this world. Personally though, since this book seems to be the first book chronologically, I would suggest starting with this book as I did :) I can't wait to read more books set within this world!
Greta lives in her own world of imagination and discovery. The outside world truly does not interest her unless it impacts her Alchemical experiments. She really only cares about her best friend from childhood, Kit, a Tinker. Together they build amazing things. They are both geniuses in their respective fields. When Kit tells her he has something to say she freaks out completely and retreats (thinking he is leaving for a lucrative position) not even bothering to listen to even one word. What did he want to tell her? Where is he? What happened to him? Can she find him? Save him?
Kit needs to save his best friend... Even from herself. He has loved her since the first moment they met. Now her father is threatening to sell her to the highest bidder out in the wilder parts of the continent... She would never survive! He has made her the most perfect ring and now all he has to do is convince her to marry him. He could make her happy. He just knows it! Will he be able to make her listen? Will she agree to marry him? Or is he not what she wants? Can he save her from all the dangers in their world?
Filled with mystery, action and adventure this amazing fantasy was a truly unique telling of the archetype Snow Queen tale! The setting and world suck you in and immerse you in a world more fanciful than ever existed in our plane of existence. It is a treat for anyone who loves fairytales, fantasy, steampunk or historical fiction.
***This series is suitable for mature young adult through adult listeners (or readers) who enjoy steampunk fantasy fairytales with a dash of horror, romance & plenty of action and adventure :)
Greta will appeal to anyone who loves a smart, quirky heroine. She kind of reminds me of Anna from Frozen. Although this story has little in common with the Disney movie, what it does have in common, it does very well: inventive use of magic; strong, empowered women (both heroine and villainess); sweet, smart, hunky men; colorful side characters; and lots of laughs for adults as well as young readers. I rarely say this, but I would go out on a limb and say I can't think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy this story. I would love to see a movie of it. The details were well-imagined and the world-building is perfect. If only ALL steampunk were this satisfying to read.
I foresee a bright future for writer Katina French. This isn't the first of her books I've read--she's someone who is really developing quickly into a favorite writer. This certainly won't be my last Kat French book! Keep 'em coming! More Clockwork Republics, please!
First of all, although it is advertised as book four of a series, don't let this discourage you from jumping in. The book reads as a standalone and the best I can tell, it is one of many fairy tale retellings that make it a series and this story has no connection to the other works. I may be wrong, but the bottom line is, it's completely approachable if you start here.
BITTER COLD tells the story of an adorable peasant couple in an alternate 1880s, Kit and Greta are childhood friends with compatible interests, he a clockwork engineer and she in alchemy. One is fairly lost without the other but neither of them seem entirely aware of this until Greta's father threatens to marry his daughter off against her will, forcing Kit to come to realize his feelings for her.
Kit's proposal initially goes....very badly, but before the two of them can make it right, Kit is taken away and put under the spell of the evil Evelyn DeWinter, whose spoiled rich girl exploits have earned her the name Snow Queen by the press. DeWinter is experimenting with forbidden mechanics and alchemy, and with Kit now hexed and performing as her brainwashed servant, she has a real chance of being a threat to Kit, Greta, and possibly, the entire world.
So Greta sprinkles a flying potion on a clockwork reindeer and she's off to rescue her friend from the Snow Queen's evil clutches, all while fending off threats to her own life.
While French's Belle Starr series are fairly dark reads, Bitter Cold keeps it light and snappy. The story moves along at a brisk pace (yep, I did it again), and holds the reader's interest. As one would hope in a story with associations with FROZEN, it's a perfectly delightful read for all ages. I can't speak for the rest of the series (yet) but if you want to try something new and fun from a fabulous storyteller, BITTER COLD has my highest recommendation.