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Clockbreakers: Asterion's Curse Paperback – November 29, 2017
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Clockbreakers gets started quickly and doesn't let up! Twists and surprises around every corner (literally!) and a diverse cast of characters, both human and not.
-Teresa Klepinger, author of Cliffhanger Writing Prompts
Yes, it's a time travel book, but it's also a heart travel book, a book about friendship, forgiveness, courage, and the powers waiting to be discovered in each one of us.
-Kathleen Lane, author of The Best Worst Thing
Ristau does an amazing job of weaving Greek mythology into this story, leaving the reader (like myself!) curious to know more. Clockbreakers will play out like a movie in your head...and I'm ready for the sequel!
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About the Author
Kate Ristau is an author and folklorist who writes young adult and middle grade fiction, like Clockbreakers and Shadowgirl. Her essays are available at The Washington Post and Literary Mama. In her ideal world, magic and myth combine to create memorable stories with unforgettable characters. Until she finds that world, she'll live in a house in Oregon where she found a sword behind the water heater and fairies in the backyard. You can find her online at Kateristau.com or follow her on Twitter @kateristau and Facebook @ristawesome.
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This book is remarkable not only for its differently-abled protagonist, but also for the fine exhibition of craft Ristau displays.
First, Charlie, the protagonist, is in a wheelchair, but she doesn’t let the disability define her. She’s spunky and fun and determined and fierce whether her legs work or not. Also, the other characters in the main plot accept Charlie for who she is and do not lower their expectations of her. There is no wisp of pity, even when they are carrying her. Even the antagonist spends more time trying to take advantage of Charlie’s youth and not her physical limitations.
Ristau builds a world on top of familiar Greek mythology without either cheapening the original myths or using the old stories as an excuse to be lazy with her own imagination. She builds a labyrinth containing the Minotaur, but enlarges the maze so it fills square miles, and moves it to a vast desert. The original labyrinth was under Minos’s castle, which was not that huge.
Even the monsters in this book have rich backstories and complex emotions. Asterion, the Minotaur, is both a warrior and a gentle, patient soul with cow eyes. He’s a far cry from the virgin-eating half-man, half-bull prowling Minos’s dungeons.
However, if you want a true indication of how much I liked this book, here it is: I am handing my review copy off to my eight-year-old, who has been begging me for it since she saw the cover. I’m sure she will enjoy it even more than I did.
I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.