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 a..Show More »nd 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.
This is the second book in the Clockwork Heart trilogy. I really enjoyed this steampunk read, it was full of intrigue and adventure. This was a..Show More » good continuation of the story started in Clockwork Heart. I love the characters and enjoy all the intrigue.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was really well done. The narrator has a higher pitched voice, which is always a bit surprising when I first start listening to these but I got used to it a few chapters into the book. The narrator does an excellent job with having unique voices for each character and does well conveying emotion too.
In this book Taya (an Icarus who uses metal wings to fly) and her exalted husband Cristof go on their first ambassadorial mission. They are sent to Mareaux to learn about Mareaux’s experiments in airships and weaponry. Things go awry when they stumble upon a plot that could mean war against their home country of Ondimium.
I really enjoy these books. I love Taya with her metal wings and her love of the air. I love Cristof with his gearhead sensibility and his slight confusion as to why Taya loves him. The two are married now and have a wonderful relationship that I really loved reading about. They both go through some very tough circumstances which require a lot of love, respect, and trust on both sides of the relationship.
The world building is really well done too. This is a broad and well thought out world; I love Ondinium with its large Engine that drives the whole city and I enjoyed seeing some regions outside of Ondimium as well.
There is a lot of intrigue and action in this book. There is also a lot of wry humor throughout. I just really enjoy the tone of this series.
Overall this was a well done continuation of the Clockwork Heart series. I loved the characters, the world building, and the intrigue and action. I would recommend to those who enjoy steampunk and fantasy reads. I will definitely be picking up the third book in the series at some point.