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Praise for A Clockwork Heart
“A Clockwork Heart is a delightful read and should appeal to readers who enjoy a mix of steampunk and magic.”—Badass Book Reviews
“Enjoyable . . . will leave you begging for book three.”—More Than Just Magic
“The ending will totally leave you breathless and reeling.”—Gizmo’s Reviews
Posted August 16, 2013
Hugh Marsh and Elle Chance are having some difficulties with the many changes that have recently taken place in their lives. They are also adjusting to their new role as husband and wife. When Marsh is called upon to assist in a magical mystery he jumps at the chance but in doing so looses his heart.
Now hosting a clockwork organ, Marsh takes on a zombie like quality and Elle must track down his original heart before its too late.
I found this story a little slow going with lots of world building and plot developing and not much riviting content. I enjoyed the first book in this series but found this book slightly less intriguing. I did notice that there was less technical details about the machinery which I definitely appreciated.
Schwaz has a very original and unique take on a steampunk created zombie. Her writing is detailed, edgy and extremely vivid. A Clockwork Heart is a paranormal romance, with a big scoop of steampunk twisted into an interesting and original tale.
I received this ARC copy of A Clockwork Heart from Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication August 13, 2013.
Written by: Liesel Schwarz
Series: The Chronicles of Light and Shadow
Sequence in Series: 2
Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
Sold by: Random House Digital, Inc.
Genre: Steampunk, Paranormal
Age Recommendation: Adult
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Posted September 19, 2014
A Solid Sequel
"FOR BETTER OR CURSE. That might as well have been the wedding vow of Elle Chance and her new husband, the ex-Warlock Hugh Marsh in the second book of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into storytelling magic.
As Elle devotes herself to her duties as the Oracle—who alone has the power to keep the dark designs of Shadow at bay—Marsh finds himself missing the excitement of his former life as a Warlock. So when Commissioner Willoughby of the London Metropolitan police seeks his help in solving a magical mystery, Marsh is only too happy to oblige. But in doing so, Marsh loses his heart . . . literally.
In place of the flesh-and-blood organ is a clockwork device—a device that makes Marsh a kind of zombie. Nor is he the only one. A plague of clockwork zombies is afflicting London, sowing panic and whispers of revolution. Now Elle must join forces with her husband’s old friend, the Nightwalker Loisa Beladodia, to track down Marsh’s heart and restore it to his chest before time runs out."
A solid sequel, this book has more of an emotional component to it than the first book. Of course, the characters are more solidly developed, so relationships, friendships, and such all combine to enhance the emotional aspect of the story.
Unlike the first book Elle is learning to stand on her own in this book. In part because of an error in judgement, and in part because she is forced to. Without her beloved Hugh to guard her and shepherd her through the intricacies of the Shadow, Elle must make her own way. In doing so she makes easily as many errors as she gets things right. Luckily, she has the help, love, and support of an amazing group of people, some fairies, and one ancient Nightwalker.
Old enemies return to plague her as well, but Elle is unaware of their involvement. In fact, she is blissfully unaware of them at all. However her nemesis in this book is formidable, and even should Elle prevail, she's bound to feel the lingering effects of tangling with the most powerful La Dame Blanche the world has ever known. But the real question isn't if she'll prevail, but if she'll get to have her happily ever after continue on, or will she lose it to her role as the Oracle?
Numerous twists and turns fill this book just like the first, but the largest by far come all in one swift period of intense action and drama. Many strange things happen, among them being the number of strange romances springing up around Elle as she struggles to rescue to husband in time.
A few new characters are introduced who seem as if they're going to be sticking around, certainly to show up in the next book if only for brief moments. But more than likely they will be playing larger roles in the third book in this entertaining series.
Posted August 25, 2013
Apparently being the Oracle and Pythia does not make you exempt from marrying a chauvinistic and sexist whiny male, who thinks his wife should stay at home and obey him.
I am not feeling the love for Hugh and can't say I am displeased by the outcome of this book.
He knew she would be flying airships and attending to matters of the steampunk supernatural variety.
Did he think she was going to do all that from home barefront and pregnant, whilst commanding the servants on his behalf.
Not enough steam or punk is this steampunk fantasy. It had more of creepy villain feel to it rather than the expected mixture of futuristic technology vs era.
Aside from the occasional blip of creepy it was very dull. The dialogue was flat and unrealistic. Some of the sub-plots were random and didn't connect well to the main story.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.