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September 5, 2015

Steampunk Sundays: Clockwork Menagerie by Karen Kincy

Series: Shadows of Asphodel 2.5
Format: Mobi
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Curiosity Quills
Source: Tour Organizer
Genre: Steampunk

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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39 comments:

  1. Woo hoo! So glad you loved this. The first book and the second are fantastic! If you liked this you will really like them. :D

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    1. You all loved it I have to know what the heck I'm missing! Thanks for your wonderful reviews :)

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  2. Ahh I was thinking maybe but mm good to know. One day maybe :D

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    1. Do you read MM? I don't remember... I'm still a newbie so I'm taking it slow

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  3. I am super glad you liked her! And what a lovely cover! I read the first book couple of years ago, and have book two ready for review on my kindle. Can't wait! :)

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    1. I'm going to aim for reading the first one this weekend. I hope nothing comes up so I can read in peace!

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  4. I'm heading over to GR to check out this Shadows of Asphodel series. Sounds pretty awesome, lovely :)

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    1. It is! I thought it was YA at first so I ignored it. NOT!

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  5. I read Shadows of Asphodel a while back. This novella is worth the paper its written on for the boy romance. Oh and forbidden romances are delish! Sign me up. :)

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  6. I've had my eye on this series, but, time issues. So glad its good stuff.

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    1. Sigh, I feel you, Sophia, I wish I can read two books a day.

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  7. I need more steampunk in my life. I have a few down to get so I may just add this one as well. Glad that you enjoyed it!

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  8. Awesome review. I may have to go to you for my steampunk recommendations. I hope that you love all of your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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    1. I want to look for dieselpunk and gaslight fantasy next. I need to expand

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  9. Glad to see you liked this one. I passed because the second book was a bit of a miss for me. I was really irritated with Konstantine in fact, so this book had no appeal. Does he blush all the time still?

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    1. Hahahaha, he is like that. Too shy. It's a novella though so it didn't really get irritating for me.

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  10. I have yet to read a steampunk novel. Not sure it's my type of book.

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    1. I know you love romance, there''s a few that have strong romantic elements. You might like those. Let me know and I can give you recs

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  11. Oh it's great to have a good steampunk story like that! i don't think I knew about the author but I confess that now I'm quite intrigued! thanks for the discovery!

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    1. I thank Candace for introducing me to Kincy.

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  12. Yessss I want to read this series very badly. Glad to hear you were able to fall in love even though it's a novella. They can be tricky.

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    1. Yeah, it's hit or miss. I'm only too happy that this one's a hit.

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  13. So happy to hear that you really enjoyed this! I can't wait to hear what you think of the others! I think if you liked this so much you should definitely like them just as much. Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

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    1. I am amending not joining the tours for the previous books. I have a feeling I will enjoy the first two books very much

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  14. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm going to have to check out this series. My other blogger, AimeeKay, also loved the first one but just missed the sign up for review. Brilly review!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you find time to read the books.

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  15. I've missed these posts with being off with life and all. This sounds like a good book and series, but I haven't read any MM stories and haven't ventured there yet. But it does have a great sound to it.

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    1. The novella is MM but from what I know, the books are MF. I know you like steampunk, I hope you can check out book 1. And if MM isn't your thing, you can always skip this.

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  16. So good to read a novella and not feel that it lacked in anyway! I don't read many MM books, but I think I'd like Konstantin and Himmel.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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  17. I don't think I've heard fo this series before. I like the cover for this one. Konstantin sounds like a great character, with how he is a beta character that people often underestimate. And I am glad to hear you didn't feel like you were missing something, I am always afraid I miss something when I start the series with a book later in the series.

    And oh that bookmark looks so awesome! I love unique bookmarks like that, so sad the giveaway is US and Canada only :(.

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    1. Here's to hoping the next giveaway will be open INT'L :)

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  18. I haven't read anything by this author, but I'm glad you really liked this novella. I need to check out more steampunk! And omg, that bookmark is so cool!

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  19. Sounds good. Adding it to my steampunk pile ;-)

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