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June 7, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato

Series: Clockwork Dagger Duology 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Steampunk | Epic Fantasy
Rich in atmosphere, imagination, and fun, the action-packed, magic-filled sequel to The Clockwork Dagger is an enchanting steampunk fantasy, evocative of the works of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger

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 find 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 a rough, inhospitable territory known as the Waste. Eons ago, this land was made barren and uninhabitable 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 and Clockwork Daggers on a dangerous journey through a world on the brink of deadly civil war.


And so Octavia Leander's journey ends on a high note on Beth Cato's epic steampunk duology, CLOCKWORK CROWN. I didn't realize until now the level of excitement trees can bring into a story. 

Why I loved CLOCKWORK CROWN
  • It's a duology! With so many great books around and multi-novel series at that, a 2-part series or standalones are a wonder and a relief at the same time. I wasn't bogged down with books to add on my already hulking TBR nor do I have to deal with crazy cliffhangers and long waits. 

  • Clockwork Dagger is a steampunk epic fantasy. The series isn't set on either 19th century Victorian London or Western America. instead it's in a fictional land where Queens rule with dissedents and rebels abound, where religion or spirituality is supreme, and prophecies must be fulfilled. Caskentia is such a wondrous place and the novels come equipped with maps! It's a personal sign for me, when a novel comes with a map, it's more often than not, going to be an epic adventure. 

  • That said, both Clockwork Dagger and CLOCKWORK CROWN weren't riddled with descriptions or conversations about steampunk-ish inventions. The gadgets are familiar (guns and other explosive mechanisms, robot-like creatures, etc.) and were told in a very simplified way non-steampunk readers won't get dizzy trying to imagine what these things look like.

  • CLOCKWORK CROWN's romantic angle is very chaste and took a back seat in the story. Octavia Leander and Alonzo Garrett's romantic pairing was slow burning and these heroes understand priorities. They didn't do a quick romp in the hay to profess their love for each other nor used it as an excuse to release their unbridled passion for each other. 

  • The MC's are real heroes who aren't trying to be heroes. Meaning they didn't want to be martyrd and made sure everyone knew about the sacrifice they're doing. For Octavia and Leander, they're merely doing their job, the difference is they want to do it well. 

  • I love the conflict of CLOCKWORK CROWN and the series in general. One would think that Octavia is going to be put in the middle of politics a la Katniss Everdeen. I was surprised to discover that the main conflict lie on Octavia herself. When her fate was revealed, Octavia fought it to the bitter end. Some may see it as selfish on her part, pursuing a personal goal over something that will benefit a lot of people. I saw it as an honest and realistic view on things. The fact that Octavia didn't want the role that was forced upon her is already proof that she won't be effective in it. 

  • Lastly, the frickin Tree is magnificent! From book 1 everyone's talking about this Tree, like it's the Tree of life where it's self-aware, full of magic, and the source of both good and evil in BCato's world. We finally see/meet the Tree here and I was just wowed by it. 

I guess I'll be sticking with fantasies for a while now. CLOCKWORK CROWN is a great start to my reading with and I hope not to jinx it with my next one. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend, Supies!


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39 comments:

  1. Awesome review SW. Sorry I missed this duology. Duologies are nice because then you don't have to worry about getting this or missing this one. Nice haul.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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    1. I love duologies too! Less pressure to keep up

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  2. First of all, AWESOME new banner!!!! Love the butterflies :) I didn't know about this duology and it does sound pretty good. I'll have to check it out. Oh, and did I mention the banner?! GORGEOUS :P

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    1. Thank you, It's still a work in progress though :)

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  3. I've read a couple of reviews for this recently and everyone seems to have liked it.

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    1. It's a refreshing take on Steampunk that's for sure.

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  4. Nice review. I like the new look and banner.

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  5. When did this happen? :)

    But I must say, stripes makes it harder to read

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    1. Sorry, I'm still working on shit I guess when you visited. I fixed it now :)

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  6. New look, I like it. I love a good duology and you have me curiosu about the tree. I need to look into this series.

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  7. I feel that way about standalones or trilogies. It's a relief to know that I'll see the grand finale in my life time. Haha! I still need to read these. I love the idea of a blend of fantasy and steampunk.

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    1. Thank you! I'm still working on it, there's some things that I want to change but don't know how! Grr!

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  8. Sounds like there's lots of intrigue and action happening here, love the twist on Octavia's journey! Great review Braine.

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    1. Give it a go, I know your reading luck hasn't been fab lately. This might do the trick ;)

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  9. First, love what you've done with the place! :)

    Second, I'm glad there's not too many narratives about mechanical inventions in this book. I know I found those daunting as well. Which is probably why I rarely read steampunk in the first place.

    Great review, B!

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    1. Hahaha! I feel you, trust me I've read a few that just flew over my head.

      Thanks, Joy, it's still a work in progress.

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  10. Ah I was quite mixed about the first one I confess so I didn't take this one but I'm glad to se you had a great time there with the whole duology.

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    1. Thanks for checking my review out even if you already quit the series :)

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  11. Sounds really good, Braine! I need to read something I don't usually read for the COYER scavenger hunt challenge... maybe I'll add a steampunk novel to my list ;)
    Have a fantastic week and happy reading :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Oh I hope you do! I can give you recs :)

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  12. Yes! I would love to try this series. I have not read a lot of steampunk, but have enjoyed the couple that I have read. Off to check out your review for the first book.

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    1. Thank you and I hope the books end up on your tbr

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  13. I love that this is a duology and that the world isn't typical of the genre. Needs.

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    1. At this point, I crave super diverse reads.

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  14. I can't follow many of the epic/heavy fantasy, but there are some elements that sound appealing :)

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    1. I'm like that with science fiction and dystopia sometimes

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  15. I'm so glad you enjoyed this duology! I've got both on my list to read as I'm a fan of Steampunk. Funny thing is, I thought this was your typical Victorian Steampunk setting, so I'm really excited about the world now!!
    Great review :)

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    1. That was a pleasant surprise to me as well. The unexpected setting sure added a lot of flavor to the story.

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  16. I have only read a few steampunk books, one or two I think. I like the clothing style and the feel, but the steampunk books I come across usually don't catch my attention. This one sounds good though!
    I like the heroes who don't want to be heroes trope and the conflict sounds well done. Great review!

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    1. It can be a hit or miss genre like any other. I lean more towards the ones that has magic or supernaturals in them.

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  17. This sounds like a great read Braine. I am glad it wasn't too complicated with all the descriptions etc. Complex machinery really gets me lost!

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  18. A duology you say? I'm curious. I like the sounds of this book and the looks of it. Knowing that there's only 2, I'll definitely have to check it out. Thank you.

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    1. You're welcome. I am loving duologies and trilogies more than the long running series. Less books to keep up with

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  19. I appreciate duology's so much. I like that the romance took a back seat because they focused on the plot in the story. There's nothing worse than when the love interests are focused on how much they love each other or can't be together when the world is coming to an end. Octavia's power is what I'm most interested in reading about. Lovely review (:

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    1. So true! Like let's boink because tomorrow we might die. yeah, and someone or something might sneak up on you while you're going at it like rabbits.

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