Friday, 31 January 2014

Review: 'Clockwork Heart' by Dru Pagliassotti

Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti, 2013, Edge, $15.95, softbound, 306 pages. Category/Genre: steampunk. Cover: good but inaccurate; Taya is supposed to have short auburn hair and a leather flight suit. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

Taya is an icarus, someone who flies amongst the sectors of Ondinium, carrying messages back and forth. No-one but icarii and lictors (the law in Ondinium) are allowed to cross the sectors, and different castes (exalteds, cardinals, and plebians) live in different sectors. 

One day, Taya saves the life of Viera, an exalted, and her son from a wireferry accident. Then she's attacked herself, and saved by an outcaste clockwright named Cristof, who's related to the woman Taya saved. 

Things begin to get complicated as Taya develops feelings for Cristof's brother, Alister, and it's suspected that the wireferry accident was engineered. 

Then tragedy ensues, and Taya and Cristof are thrown together to solve a mystery that could get them both killed. 

This is a different kind of steampunk tale, set in the fictitious Ondinium rather than in Victorian London, but there are analytical engines, clockwork devices, and greatcoats. 

If you like this one, try: Clockwork Lies, by Dru Pagliassotti. 

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