Book Review: The Clockwork Crown by Beth Cato
Narrowly surviving assassination and capture, Octavia Leander, a powerful magical healer, is on the run with handsome Alonzo Garrett, the Clockwork Dagger who forfeited his career with the Queen’s secret society of spies and killers—and possibly his life—to save her. Now, they are on a dangerous quest to find safety and answers: Why is Octavia so powerful? Why does she seem to be undergoing a transformation unlike any witnessed for hundreds of years?
The truth may rest with the source of her mysterious healing power—the Lady’s Tree. But the tree lies somewhere in a rough, inhospitable territory known as the Waste. Eons ago, this land was made barren and uninhabitable by an evil spell, until a few hardy souls dared to return over the last century. For years, the Waste has waged a bloody battle against the royal court to win its independence—and they need Octavia’s powers to succeed.
Joined by unlikely allies, including a menagerie of gremlin companions, she must evade killers and Clockwork Daggers on a dangerous journey through a world on the brink of deadly civil war.
The Clockwork Crown is a worthy follow up to The Clockwork Dagger and an amazing conclusion to the story started there. I was grabbed by the need to finish the book by about the half way point and was never disappointed in the story. Again I guessed correctly at some of the events without disappointment and even had a few surprises. It continued to be a thoroughly enjoyable read and possibly even more satisfying then the first book.
Much of what I felt about The Clockwork Dagger carries through here just as well and has it’s own emotional punch. The story ends on a very satisfying note and I’m only sorry it took me so long to read these books.
Rating: 5 Crowns