The Clockwork Crown (Clockwork Dagger Novels) Paperback – June 9, 2015
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“Cato continues to defy expectations, moving the saga toward an unexpected, heartfelt conclusion, and the revelations about Octavia’s abilities are amply rewarding.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A satisfying follow-up that…offers an entertaining, swiftly moving adventure in the company of Cato’s appealing characters.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Crown draws just enough mysticism to keep its airship-and-industrialization level of technology superbly balanced. ...[I]t’s impeccably paced and compact, making for a potent conclusion to Cato’s rousing steampunk tale...self-contained and wholly satisfying.” (NPR Books)
“[Full] of nonstop adventure ... Cato doesn’t stint on the worldbuilding but always keeps the focus on her richly developed characters. Besides the immensely appealing central couple, there is a full cast of allies and villains who keep things moving.” (Library Journal)
“The sequel to Cato’s novel The Clockwork Dagger, this new installment is a fun fantasy adventure as her characters try to uncover what’s behind their powers.” (Buzzfeed)
“A very satisfying conclusion to an excellent duology.” (Barnes & Noble SF&F Blog)
“A reminder of how to be selfless and loving in a world that wants women clawing ruthlessly for the top.” (She Knows)
“The Clockwork novels seamlessly combine magic and technology.” (SFRevu)
“Beth Cato’s The Clockwork Crown is a satisfying follow-up to her Clockwork Dagger, each twist of the action pulling me deeper into the story. These are books I’ll be recommending to friends, both teenagers and adults.” (Laura Anne Gilman, author of SILVER ON THE ROAD)
From the Back Cover
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 fnd 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 an inhospitable territory known as the Waste. Eons ago, this land was made barren 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 on a dangerous journey through a world on the brink of deadly civil war.
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P.S. I apologize for the way my sentence structures seem to get more convoluted the more enthusiastic I am.. I suppose I should go back with editorial pruning shears, but "I yam what I yam."
Read this Book! There are truly evil characters to balance out the hero's/heroine. Old friends return, as do old adversaries. In this book Ms Cato more fully fills out the characters. Few are either all bad or all good. The end was not predictable, but it was elegant. I hope this becomes a series, even if I have to pay full price for each volume and wait a year or more to know.