Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Book Review: Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti

Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Juno Books (April 1, 2008)
Amazon Description:

A steampunkish romantic fantasy set in Ondinium, a city that beats to the ticking of a clockwork heart. Taya, a metal-winged courier, can travel freely across the city's sectors and mingle indiscriminately among its castes. A daring mid-air rescue leads to involvement with two scions of an upperclass family and entanglement in a web of terrorism, loyalty, murder, and secrets.

If you enjoy steampunk then you will definitely enjoy Clockwork Heart. Taya is an Icarus who flies throughout the skies of Ondinium carrying messages regardless of castes. She manages to become involved in uncovering deception, treason, and murder as well as finding a little romance.

Clockwork Heart felt like two books rolled into one. At one point when I was a little over halfway through I thought the book was coming to an end because the story seemed to be wrapping up, but then I realized there were so many pages left and it turned out the story was just gearing up for another problem that needed to be solved. It definitely could have been broken up into two separate books. The setting and the characters in the book are so interesting it is easy to it being the start of a series. On the author's website under projects it does list Clockwork Angel 2 being in the hands of Dru Pagliassotti's agent's hands. I really hope that it gets published soon because this is a world I would love to see more of.

The whole concept of the Icarus is very intriguing but the character that actually interested me most was Cristof. He left his caste to live life the way he wanted even knowing it was scandalous and that choice alone makes you wonder about him. I really like that he isn't suave and full of makes him seem more trustworthy, like he is the kind of guy who will tell it like it is. With the way the book ended it makes me anxious to see how his life will end up with the choices he made.




Brooke Reviews said...

Sounds good, I've been wondering if this was any good. :) Thanks for a great review!

Brenda Hyde said...

I've seen the cover so much, but hadn't read a review yet. It sounds like one I'd really like!

vvb32 reads said...

super! glad you liked this steampunk read. i did too ;-D