Political conflicts and philosophical arguments find closure at last in this splendidly baroque whirl of geomancy and Victorian clockwork. Young Paolina Barthes, the gear-minded prodigy who became a target for the empire-building ambitions of rival governments in 2009's Escapement, is on the run, heading south over the Wall that God built to divide the hemispheres and keep the Earth's gear turning through the heavens. As spies and ancient secret societies scramble to find her, Paolina struggles to learn how to control her world-shaking abilities, while her heart pulls her toward Boaz, a golemlike man of brass. Lake wields big themes—magic and religion versus science, free will, colonialism, and a bit of romance—with surprising elegance, and readers will enjoy cherishing the characters and pondering the concepts of this “clockpunk” world. (Apr.)
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“Political conflicts and philosophical arguments find closure at last in this splendidly baroque whirl of geomancy and Victorian clockwork...Lake wields big themes—magic and religion versus science, free will, colonialism, and a bit of romance—with surprising elegance, and readers will enjoy cherishing the characters and pondering the concepts of this “clockpunk” world. –Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Pinion
“The delight is in what's seen en route, as Lake has configured his world-dominating empires, one British, the other Chinese, with huge and devoted attention to the last detail. The delight of the next volumeprefigured with unrelenting clarity in Escapement's final pagesshould be the discovery that the destination adds up.”Washington Post Book World on Escapement
“The very cosmology of this world is an enigmatic astonishment, and it underpins every single bit of action and character...Fantasy has always been "escapist" in the best sense of the word, and Lake engineers a fine tale of humans in search of liberation from the clockwork and customs that ensnare them and us as well.”Sci-Fi Weekly on Escapement
Fleeing the wizards of England who want to use her power, Paolina Barthes makes a perilous journey across the Equatorial Wall. Aboard a Chinese submarine, Emily Childress and her devoted companions attempt to escape the grasp of the Silent Order and the White Birds. In Southern Earth, another force attempts to guard its mysticism from the greedy predators to the north. The third volume in Lake's Clockwork Earth series (Mainspring; Escapement) follows the adventures of a small group of disparate individuals as they travel toward a great destiny. VERDICT Lake's blending of steampunk and the mechanical "magic" of a giant clockwork mechanism provides an ever-startling backdrop for his remarkable tale of adventure and derring-do. Highly recommended for fans of steampunk fantasies.