The second book in the Alchemy Wars trilogy by Ian Tregillis, an epic tale of liberation and war.
Jax, a rogue Clakker, has wreaked havoc upon the Clockmakers' Guild by destroying the Grand Forge. Reborn in the flames, he must begin his life as a free Clakker, but liberation proves its own burden.
Berenice, formerly the legendary spymaster of New France, mastermind behind her nation's attempts to undermine the Dutch Hegemony, has been banished from her homeland and captured by the Clockmakers Guild's draconian secret police force.
Meanwhile, Captain Hugo Longchamp is faced with rallying the beleaguered and untested defenders of Marseilles-in-the-West for the inevitable onslaught from the Brasswork Throne and its army of mechanical soldiers.
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The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
Continues the story begun to such good effect in The Mechanical, but I gave it only three stars (versus five for The Mechanical) because there was just too much fighting. Two things saved it for me: first, that the battle chapters alternated with other scenes taking place elsewhere. Second, that the main character in the battle scenes, Captain Longchamp, was highly likeable and the best cusser I have ever encountered in literature. I mean that in the best possible way! if you don't believe me, check out the book's page on Goodreads, go to the quotes section, and read a few of them. Be sure you don't have any liquid in your mouth at the time or you may do a spit-take from laughter.
Tregillis balances imagery, action and insight well. He’s a bit heavy on the foul language, though. Kayser is good with distinct voices and tone. He’s a bit slow, though, and mispronounces a few words repeatedly.
Other than there seems to be long, sometimes tedious battle scenes, this sequel did not disappoint. Plot went in several directions I didn't expect and am looking forward to the next iteration. Certainly no Avatar.
Ian Tregillis is one of my favorite authors. Listening to this book was a pleasure. This helped me through some personal issues. Thank you Ian. You helped me out with this book. The narrator was fantastic. Perfect. Thanks for a great experience.
This book I found not to be AS engaging as the first in the series. I wasn't terribly interested in the battle at New France and I skipped through most of it. I'm not really sure why the author chose to take the Visser out as a viewpoint character because I thought that would have been much more interesting. I'm wondering if there is an edit of this novel where his journey IS included. Berenice still totters on whether she's going to be a good person or not. Jax/Daniel is funny as ever! I'm a little disappointed at how clunky, fast, and shallow his time with Queen Mab is, but I guess the author had to get him to the culmination of the battle. I'm hoping book three is better!
If you have a French main character with a French name in a book you are being paid to read--maybe learn to pronounce it. It isn't like the two English words "Long" "champ". Jesus Christ! I lasted all of 40 minutes before returning this. Strangely, there wasn't this issue in the recording of the first book with the same narrator.
Not your children's steampunk. The series continues and we are left waiting for more. No doubt there will be more.
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