Taya soars over Ondinium on metal wings. She is an icarus - a courier privileged to travel freely across the city’s sectors and mingle indiscriminately among its castes. But even she can’t outfly the web of terrorism, loyalty, murder, and intrigue that snares her after a daring mid-air rescue. Taya finds herself entangled with the Forlore brothers, scions of an upperclass family: handsome, brilliant Alister, who sits on the governing council and writes programs for the Great Engine; and awkward, sharp-tongued Cristof, who has exiled himself from his caste and repairs clocks in Ondinium’s lowest sector. Both hide dangerous secrets, in this city that beats to the ticking of a clockwork heart.
©2008 Dru Pagliassotti (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. The romance part of this steampunk detective novel didn't give me much, but the world building is artistic and it's character vivid. Aerial rescues by our winged Icarus heroine set in a magnificent city of multiple levels of wires, clockwork machinery and lighter-than-air metals. The narration is great and quite pleasant to listen to, my only gripe with it is that in stressful situations Kate Rudd portrays Taya as somewhat whiny whereas I instead imagined her to be made of stronger stuff.
Listen to the Sample. It gives, unlike many other audiobooks, a very decent preview of the book.
People are getting pickier about what they call Steampunk, so I’ll just hit the major points and you can pick out what sub-genre you want to file this under. The more fantastical element to the story is the lighter-than-air (anti-gravity?) metal that is used in the main character’s wings. It’s also bullet proof; which is amazing when you think of real world metals used in aircraft, like aluminum. On the more scifi steampunk side are the steam and gear computers that run on punchcards that are used in computations I doubt we could do today. However, if you require a Victorian culture to your Steampunk stories, you’ll not find that here.
The story is alright. It’s formulaic, which isn’t bad in itself, but that is partly the result of the bigger issue I have, which is how forgettable the characters are. They are static and a little flat at times. Changing situation and the exposing of different personality elements to the main character are used as a substitute for character development, and since the characters don’t change, you can easily predict how each new situation will play out.
However, it has romance, it has mystery (even if it was easy to figure out, but hey, who doesn’t like to feel smart), and it even touches a little on class struggle. The caste system dynamic is interesting and plays a central role to the story, but is sadly not explored in any depth.
And that really hits the heart of the matter; most folks who go in for SciFi/Fantasy novels love depth to both setting and character. This book has potential for both, but it just doesn’t explore those possible depths.
Still, if you want some fun steampunkish light reading then you could do a whole lot worse in this emerging genre.
Like with most of my audiobooks, I've read this one before listening. I wasn't sure how well this would actually translate to audio, but since it's one of my favorites I was willing to give it a try.
I would recommend this to everyone. It more than exceeded what I expected, and I will most likely re-listen to it again. It's worth the credit.
rambunctiously soft spoken.
Being a steam punker I enjoyed this a lot, I'm a fan of this particular narrator so that didn't hurt ,A steam punk heroin hit my spot if I had any complaints it would be it's just a little to long ,I hope Dru has some more books coming audible's way I would certainly give it a go.
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