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on Sep. 19, 2013 :
Wow, this book was so much more than I thought it would be. Did I expect a kick ass, swashbuckling adventure? Yeah, I kind of did~ the synopsis is well written, and makes me look forward to an airship ride to remember. Did I expect a wonderfully colorful steampunk fantasy that includes some interesting beings? Yes again. What I didn't anticipate was how well written and unique this book would be.
Twist is an amazing character~ fragile in some ways, sheltered by choice, but with a depth that is revealed slowly. He is incredibly English, which makes almost all of his interactions with the varied cast of characters in this story- humorous. Speaking of the cast~ these characters were ALL entertaining and well fleshed. What really MADE this book for me, was the deliciously subtle love that blossoms between the most unexpected of characters. This love was never written and handed to me on the page, but the author made me sense it, question it, and then finally feel it. I rejoiced as these two withdrawn individuals learned to reach for each other and not be afraid of their connection. If Book One is an indication of the series to come, I AM IN! I will be along for each and every adventure.
This was an incredible story mixing Victorian-time London with magic, adventure, mythical creatures, and colorful humans with amazing abilities. Read this book~ you will not be disappointed!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 01, 2013 :
I just love a book that tantalizes the senses. I also love how this book read in my head. I felt very at home while reading this story. I love Steampunk reads & this book sated my craving. It was very magical & the details were so vivid in my mind that I could very well see this as a movie. It would be nice. I was surprised how the story unfolded. I really had no idea what to expect when I went in. When I finished I had a smile on my face and now I'm wanting to see what adventures lay ahead for the new trio.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 17, 2013 :
Thompson effectively combines steampunk with the classical fairy tale genre and creates a world definitely of interest to those who enjoy a beautifully crafted story. The characters are engaging and likeable with a fascinating and heart warming story that keeps you turning the pages.
Would heartily recommend
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 08, 2013 :
A fun read with some interesting ideas and characters. I look forward to the next book in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 05, 2013 :
"Only the broken heart of Clockwork Royalty can mend Twist, a man seemingly able to repair anything except himself"
Read if you:
Love a protagonist as tightly wound and complicated as the pocketwatch he bares
Relish characters that are so colorful intricate they render persian antiques speechless
Enjoy swashbuckling adventures, both above the clouds and below the sea
Wonder sometimes if it would better to see the future or know the truth
Avoid if you:
Prefer dark alleys and malicious intrigue to carnivals in the sky and boilers with anger issues [seriously]
Have an allergic reaction at the thought of djinn, pirates, ninjas and a kitsune running amok in the same book
Believe steampunk demands complete and mindless obedience to victorian language and etiquette
Spontaneously combust to any hint of sexuality other than vanilla hetero
The Screws that bind:
Pastiche of Arabian nights, Japanese folklore and piratical lore
Supernaturals + Automatons
Gentle humour, Soft sorrow
Equal balance between Victorian and Colonial narrative impulses.
Aftertaste: Sunlight, wonder and seabreeze (Also, cinnamon: no idea why)
Lines to Adore:
"There was something beautiful about the way the leaves of the single, huge tree in the center of the garden fluttered in the sunlight. The thin atmosphere made the colors seem brighter, sharper and deeper even with the occasional waft of mist that wandered through the open spaces. For a moment, Twist could perfectly understand why the princess and her family had wanted to build this palace in the first place"
Author: Emily Thompson, female, artist.
Personal Bias: Like Dark Victorian: Risen, Waking was a gust of fresh sea air in what can sometimes be a genre hamstrung by its own conventions. More than anything, true steampunk embodies the spirit of adventure: Exploration, innovation and Byronic idealism fueled by quasi science. It's Kipling and Keats on a crack binge. Clockwork Twist: Waking for me delightfully remained true to that spirit.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)