July 30, 2016

Steampunk Sundays: Wings of Sorrow and Bone by Beth Cato

Series: Clockwork Dagger 2.5
Format: eGalley
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Steampunk

From the author of The Clockwork Dagger comes an exciting novella set in the same world…

After being rescued by Octavia Leander from the slums of Caskentia, Rivka Stout is adjusting to her new life in Tamarania. But it’s hard for a blossoming machinist like herself to fit in with proper society, and she’d much rather be tinkering with her tools than at a hoity-toity party any day.

When Rivka stumbles into a laboratory run by the powerful Balthazar Cody, she also discovers a sinister plot involving chimera gremlins and the violent Arena game Warriors. The innocent creatures will end up hurt, or worse, if Rivka doesn’t find a way to stop Mr. Cody. And to do that means she will have to rely on some unexpected new friends.

WINGS OF SORROW AND BONE is my favorite Clockwork Dagger novella. It's the longest and meatiest of all the novellas I've read in this series. I love Rivka, she's tenacious and a talented machinist, not very sassy but just as intriguing as any heroine in this series. Also gremlins! The feel of WINGS OF SORROW AND BONE isn't as fantastical as the main books, it's more steampunk actually with all the cool stuff and gadgets described.

I'm not sure if Beth Cato is planning to write more books featuring Octavia, if that story arc is dry, I think Rivka would make for a great spin-off lead. WINGS OF SORROW AND BONE will be a great prequel to a new series set in the same world if BCato feels like it. 

On another note, this and the other The Clockwork Dagger Duology novellas, The Deepest Poison and Final Flight, are included in the omnibus, Deep RootsAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

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  1. I've been debating on this series. I may try it when I want some steampunk.

  2. Meaty novellas are unheard of. Lol. Glad you enjoyed these!

  3. I still haven't read a steampunk novel yet.

  4. It's always exciting when an author does a novella really well :)

  5. I thought the name was familliar, I recognized those covers :=D

  6. Novellas are usually a miss for me, so I happy to hear this one was a win for you!

  7. Oh nice!! This looks very, very interesting!!

  8. I recognzied those cover. thanks for your post Sakura Beauty

  9. She sounds like a great heroine. I still need to start this series.

  10. You know, looking at this cover I would not think this series is of steampunk. Sounds amazing though!

  11. Would I be able to read this without knowing the series? I love novellas for trying out a series.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  12. Good to hear that it had some meat to it- haven't heard of these though


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