Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Source: Tour Organizer
A companion novella to the Shadows of Asphodel series, from Konstantin’s point of view.
1914. Konstantin would love to hide in his laboratory and dissect the clockwork dragon captured from Russia, but the Archmages of Vienna have other plans. He finds himself shipped off to St. Petersburg as the scientific attaché to an ambassador. His orders? Look, but don’t touch. Of course, he considers this an impossible request with so much enemy technomancy to explore.
To make matters worse, Konstantin has to work with the dashing zeppelin commander Himmel, a man who should also be untouchable. They can’t act on the smoldering attraction between them without risking it all. Faced with an illegal relationship and a devious rival technomancer, Konstantin might not return from this mission in Russia without conquering the forbidden.
Finally, I got my first taste of Karen Kincy's steampunk world, Shadows of Asphodel! The blogs that I follow who've read the series are mad gushing about it. And being the steampunk fan that I am my curiosity was piqued and now I'm hooked too!
CLOCKWORK MENAGERIE is a standalone novella. I can't tell you yet how it relates to the entire series as I'm reading Shadows of Asphodel backwards. I can tell you though that the novella felt whole, and I didn't feel like I was missing something either. I also love the plot, an underdog taking down a notorious and nefarious Countess who harvests souls to fuel her automatons.
Konstantin is my favorite part of CLOCKWORK MENAGERIE. He's an underdog, a beta character, a person whom a lot of people either dismissed or underestimated because he's more brains than brawn. As for the MM romance, it's not raunchy, there's just enough details and intimacy shared between Konstantin and Himmel to confirm that they are an item. Speaking for Himmel, he is my champion! Aside from being totally dedicated to Konstantin, he also helped make the technical aspect of CLOCKWORK MENAGERIE layman-friendly.
From this little taste, I've most definitely fallen in love with KKincy's Shadows of Asphodel. The format of the novella is very pretty! And it's unique in that it's set in the early 1900's, versus the usual Victorian or Western setting. I also love the trip to Russia, not sure if the rest of the series is set in Eastern Europe, I hope it is, and even if it's not, I love that KKincy is taking us places. and I look forward to taking more book vacations with her characters.
Karen Kincy (Kirkland, Washington) can be found lurking in her writing cave, though sunshine will lure her outside. When not writing, she stays busy gardening, tinkering with aquariums, or running just one more mile. Karen has a BA in Linguistics and Literature from The Evergreen State College.
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