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The Clockwork Dagger: A Novel (A Clockwork Dagger Novel) Paperback – September 16, 2014
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“This rousing tale... keeps itself grounded with a story as disarming and forthright as its appealingly capable heroine. ...Ample action and a delectably delayed romance propel the story toward a riveting finale, marking Cato as an author to watch.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Beth Cato handles this heady mix with a fine sense of language, emotion, and event, making the whole thing flow more like a force of nature than the work of a first novelist.” (Locus)
“The Clockwork Dagger was an immensely fun and entertaining novel... and kept me hooked into the narrative and turning the pages at a dogged pace.... I’m looking forward to picking up Octavia and Alonzo’s story in The Clockwork Crown.” (SFFWorld)
“A light read that ... may offer an interesting new world to readers who enjoy the flavor of steampunk fantasy and soap-opera intrigue.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“[A] captivating read with fantastic contraptions, an intricate plot, and imagery so colorful and vivid it will make readers wish the internal combustion engine had never been invented.” (Arizona Daily Star)
“The Clockwork Dagger was just what I needed: A steampunk adventure with an uncommon heroine, a fascinating magic system, and a young gremlin! I’m hooked and can’t wait for more Octavia and Leaf!” (New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne)
“Full of magic and steampunk adventure, Beth Cato’s Clockwork Dagger will delight fans of Meljean Brooks Iron Seas Series.” (Nicole Peeler)
“DR. QUINN meets DREADNOUGHT in this thrilling, delightful tale combining the political stakes of epic fantasy, the airships and corsets of steampunk, and the heartwarming joy of romance. Excellent fun for lovers of Cherie Priest and Scott Westerfeld.” (Michael R. Underwood, author of GEEKOMANCY)
“Airships, assassins, pulp writers, and an independent, appealing heroine: THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER is an exciting debut full of mysterious magic, forbidden romance, and adventure at 5,000 feet.” (Tina Connolly, author of IRONSKIN)
“The Clockwork Dagger had me at hello and kept me with unexpected twists, intriguing magic and splendid betrayals. At the satisfying conclusion, my immediate impulse was to enquire in tones of gentle inquiry, when do I get to read the sequel!?!?” (C. E. Murphy)
From the Back Cover
Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.
Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen's spies and assassins—and her cabinmate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy may reach the crown itself.
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I am a hard sell on female protagonists and patriarchal fantasy societies. So often, female protagonists end up as bystanders in their own stories, and I grate on the need to create a patriarchal society in a fantasy world. I had none of those issues with Beth Cato's THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER. Octavia is a brilliant, accomplished protagonist, confident in her ability, but she is still left with some questions about herself and her prowess. She takes action, she stands up for herself, she commands respect, and she takes control of her situation despite the limitations imposed on her by a patriarchal society. Not once does she fall back on hand-wringing or full dependence on men, though there are plenty of male characters who try to direct her. This is the first book where I've felt real gender equality within a romantic relationship (holy cats, Alonzo, you feminist, idiotic badass *fans self*). Excellent, supportive female/female friendship between Octavia and Viola.
There were a few moments of confusion within the plot---places where I had to stop and re-read. I am still sorting out all the implications of the final scenes. And there was a distinct "Chosen One" vibe that I assume will be explained in THE CLOCKWORK CROWN. But none of these things detracted from my enjoyment. I can't wait to pick up the sequel to this book, as well as Cato's newest novel, BREATH OF EARTH!
The Clockwork Dagger has a lot going for it. Octavia is an interesting, endearing protagonist. Alfonso is an effective, attractive love interest. The magic system is inventive and helps drive the plot without being a mere plot device. Cato hints at a lot of subgenres—romance, steampunk, dieselpunk, weird western—in intriguing ways. It also has much of the trappings of a locked room mystery as Octavia comes under attack during the course of the airship trip. And that’s where The Clockwork Dagger really stumbles. Hinting at genres finally catches up to Cato, as it doesn’t really work as a mystery. And despite a deft hand by Cato at leaving chapters on cliffhangers, the book as a whole lacks urgency. It’s eminently put-downable, which is a grievous sin, even weighed against many positive traits. And the worldbuilding, outside of the magic system, still shows pencil lines.