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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.

©2015 Ian Tregillis (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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too much fighting

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.

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A Decent Mid-Trilogy

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.

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Can't Recommend Enough

Quite some time ago I had listened to the audio book of the first book in this series, The Mechanical and enjoyed it quite a bit. So going into the second book I was hoping that the series wouldn't suffer from a sophomore slump. Not only did it put my concerns at ease but delivered tenfold.

Can't wait to dive into the next book.

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  • Robert
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 04-24-17

Entertaining continuation

Continuing the storylines of the first book, lots more exploration and development of the characters introduced. After the start of the books, there were not many huge plot developments until the end, but it was an enjoyable ride that did not bore. All the good stuff from the first keeps going. I'll be continuing to the next part.

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  • Ed G
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  • 02-10-17

Wondeful complex story, sub-par narration

I'm really enjoying this series. I find the main characters interesting and the plot twists more than satisfying.

I've listened to many audio books. Some narrators are excellent, others not so much. Chris Kayser is one of the latter. How does a person who is being paid to read professionally, knowing his name will appear in the credits, not have enough pride in his work to learn how to pronounce words correctly? How does a publisher like Hachette Audio let such sloppy work out? I try to ignore it, but it really hurts the overall product.

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Amazing

This is an amazing story of corruption and greed . Of the fallen nature of man. I kept hoping the heroin would learn from her mistakes, but alas power corrupts.

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Awesome story

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.

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Poor character development

Interesting extension of the concept, but a little dramatic/pedantic in terms of the characters (caricatures?).

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Same narrator, different reading

I hate inconsistencies and Thai narrator had it in spades between book 1 and 2.

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Still worth reading

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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!