In a desert wasteland, one king rules with absolute power and unquenchable lust, until the cogsmith’s daughter risks everything for vengeance.
Two-hundred years ago, the steam-powered world experienced an apocalyptic flood. When the waters dried up, the survivors settled around their moored steamship in a wasteland they named Desertera. Believing the flood and drought were caused by a scorned goddess, the monarchs demanded execution for anyone who commits the unforgivable sin—adultery.
Today, King Archon entraps his wives in the crime of adultery, executing each boring bride to pursue his next infatuation. Most nobles overlook King Archon’s behavior, but when Lord Varick’s daughter falls victim to the king’s schemes, he vows revenge.
When Aya Cogsmith was a young girl, King Archon had her father executed for treason. Orphaned and forced to turn to prostitution for survival, Aya dreams of avenging her father’s death. When Lord Varick approaches Aya with plans for vengeance, she agrees to play the king’s seductress—even though it puts her at risk for execution.
Packed with high-society intrigue, dappled with seduction, and driven by revenge, The Cogsmith’s Daughter offers the perfect mixture of conspiracy and romance. The first novel in the Desertera series, it marries steampunk styling with a ravished dystopian world.
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Praise for The Cogsmith’s Daughter
“The Cogsmith's Daughter is now entering into my bookshelf of Gimme More! The story itself intertwines with an apocalyptic steampunk world alongside the dystopian royalty line of stories like Game of Thrones ... Kate's way of blending words into a world is astounding and I cannot wait for the next one.”
- Jonas Lee, Author of A Time to Reap and A Time to Live
“Perfect balance of excitement, romance and suspense!”
- Zachary Paul Chopchinski, Author of The Curious Tale of Gabrielle
“Fiction, at its best, should take you away from your reality ... Kate M. Colby, the author, hooked me, kept me interested, and made me look forward to her future works. Well done!”
- Fia Essen, Author of Ariel and Anna
Other books in the Desertera series:
The Courtesan’s Avenger (Desertera #2)
The Tyrant’s Heir (Desertera #3)
About the Author
Kate M. Colby is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. Her first series, Desertera, consists of steampunk dystopian novels with themes of socio-economic disparity, self-empowerment, romance, and revenge.
Kate’s writing contains everything she loves about fiction – imaginative new worlds (the more apocalyptic the better), plots that get your heart racing, and themes that make you think. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Sociology from Baker University, which she uses to marry her love of the written word with her passion for the human experience.
When she is not writing or working, Kate enjoys playing video games, antiquing, and wine tasting. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.
You can learn more about Kate and her books on her website: www.KateMColby.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"The Cogsmith's Daughter" takes place in a dystopian future in the land of Desertera, where water is a scarce resource and the land is a dessert. The land is ruled by a king and nobles who live in a ship which had been stuck on the land when the waters dried up. Legend has it that a goddess (the Benevolent Queen) cursed the land when the royalty had become unfaithful to their spouses, as she had been spurned. Thus, the penalty for adultery is death by beheading, as is any traitorous activity, which covers a broad number of things. Aya is young when her father, the cogsmith, is called to the ship to fix the prince's mechanical bird. When he is unable to do so due to a rare part that cannot be found (except in Aya's precious toy), the king declares him a traitor and has him executed. As a traitor's orphan daughter, Aya has lost her home and everything she knows. Unable to get enough food or survive on her own, Aya turns to prostitution in the poor shanty town area at the Rudder. She lives this way until Lord Varick comes to her with a proposition to seek revenge on the king. Not everything is as it seems amongst the royals and nobles. The book is fascinating- Desertera is built up fantastically by the author and I was immediately hooked with this story. Aya is easily likable and down to earth. She has her curiosity, love for family, and desire for revenge and love which make her easy to understand. Her motives are clear from the get-go; others involved in this scheme are less clear. Some parts of the story (e.g. the mysterious Willem) are incredibly predictable, but I didn't mind- I loved every second along the way. There were a few twists at the end which I had kind of guessed but others which did surprise me. I won't say which so I don't give any spoilers. I don't think anything was very shocking about this story, but it's such an enthralling journey that I loved it anyhow. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes dystopian stories plus romances and intrigue. However, I would caution against young readers, as there is some explicit sex and violence regarding her time in the Rudder and occurrences in the ship. Regardless, as an adult, I found it very enjoyable and really look forward to seeing the story evolve in future books. Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Fiction, at its best, should take you away from your own reality. It should make you forget about your daily grind. It should keep you thinking about it, making you want to go back for more, as you stand in line at the supermarket, bank, or the post office. The Cogsmith's Daughter (Desertera #1) does all of that. Kate M. Colby, the author, hooked me, kept me interested, and made me look forward to her future works. Well done!