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'Steampunk' in all the right places with airships, steam technology, some old world attitudes, and of course, clockwork technology. But there's magic, mysticism, and what we know as mythological beings appearing in this world too. Settings, outfits, and food are given in technicolour detail, practically like MGM movie settings. We are whisked to several world locales and cultures in rich and meaty detail. Twist himself is an interesting (and dare I say it, 'Gothic'), character, whose sheltered existence and narrowly British attitude does reflect how we view the suddenly bewildering and exotic settings and situations he often literally falls into. Otherwise, he's a character who will grow, especially with the cast of peculiar and unique characters (air pirates, mythological figures, clockwork beings, and gifted humans), who fall in with him, and these developments have us looking forward to his further adventures beyond Waking.
Quibbles? One, because I know those readers who like words used correctly will see them. A bit of copy-editing would help to polish Twist up to 'perfect'. But the story is solid, lovingly given, and is an excellent tale for taking you away into wondrous happenings. Recommended for all ages.
The supporting cast are vibrant and alive, the world is detailed, and the mythos has that layered feel of robust world-building.
My two complaints: One, the typos are quite numerous starting somewhere in the middle. Some are funny. Others made the sentence difficult to understand, which is rough on immersion. Two, Twist drives me mad with his utter lack of self-awareness. I'd like to throw something at his head.
Anyone interested in steampunk but not put off by fantastical elements such as ghosts, kitsune, and supernatural sight, will enjoy this book. It's appropriate for ages ~15+, as it has no sex or graphic violence, but does have some semi-mature themes and was clearly written for adults. I recommend this especially for LGBT teens.
Plus, the unique play of a kind of coded sexual tension between Twist and Jonas was a real delight. Sure the princess was a personal focus for Twist but there was another dimension for the two young men. One not being able touch the other and one not being able to look at the other made for an allegorical set of situations that can play out in real life. Society says you can't look at the same gender certain ways or touch them yet there is a power compelling you.
I enjoyed this book so much and can't wait to download the next one. I recommend reading this to glimpse a world different from ours yet strangely similar in many ways.
Twist has a very particular ability that forbid him human contact but allow him to know what is broken and how to fix it, hence he became a clock maker and hide in his workshop in the center of London. He had never left the city and doesn't intend to either, thank you very much just leave him alone.
Except that there is this one fairy tale about a clockwork princess and she might exist, at least that's what Twist saw.
This book is about adventure and discovery in a world totally unknown to the main character who discovers the truth about the planet and the world around him but also about human beings and himself.
This book was very good for the most part. My regrets are that the pirates were not enough of bloody pirates, being a bit ridiculous at time, the solution at the end of the book was a bit too easy and that the action scenes were cut a bit short when Twist fainted. I would hate love to have a glimpse of the battles.
Except that, the world building was very entertaining and the fact that there are no two identical characters with the same sort of Sight or genetic was pretty cool.
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Twist is Sighted, which in his case means he can't see with his eyes. He Sees with his sense of touch, Sees damage and how to fix it.Read more
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