Pinion (Clockwork Earth Series #3)
  • Pinion (Clockwork Earth Series #3)
  • Pinion (Clockwork Earth Series #3)

Pinion (Clockwork Earth Series #3)

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by Jay Lake
     
 

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Rejoin the adventure in the third novel of Lake's Clockwork Earth series. Paolina Barthes, young sorceress, is crossing the Equatorial Wall, attempting to take herself and her magic away from the grasp of powerful men in the empires of the north. Emily Childress is still aboard the renegade Chinese submarine, along with her devoted Captain, and the British chief

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Rejoin the adventure in the third novel of Lake's Clockwork Earth series. Paolina Barthes, young sorceress, is crossing the Equatorial Wall, attempting to take herself and her magic away from the grasp of powerful men in the empires of the north. Emily Childress is still aboard the renegade Chinese submarine, along with her devoted Captain, and the British chief petty officer Angus al-Wazir. They are all being sought most urgently by the powers that secretly rule the Northern Earth--the Silent Order and the White Birds. And a third power, of the Southern Earth, has its eye on Paolina; she will not be allowed to bring the political turmoil of the North into the more mystical South.

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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 volume—prefigured with unrelenting clarity in Escapement's final pages—should 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

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Library Journal
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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765331083
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
06/21/2011
Series:
Clockwork Earth Series, #3
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,304,749
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.18(h) x 1.00(d)

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