"In a world with a rigid caste system, only an icarus can cross the barriers."
Reviewed by Leanne Davis
Posted May 29, 2008
Fantasy | Fantasy Steampunk
The city of Ondinium is ruled by a rigid caste system.
Even going so far as dividing the city into sectors which
some people never leave. Only the icarus are allowed to
move freely about the city. Their wings are metal, a metal
so light that they float on their own.
Taya has always wanted to be an icarus but her aspirations
don't end there. She has applied to the diplomatic service
and is awaiting the results. One of her greatest joys is
flying. One day during an early morning flight, Taya
witnesses a wire ferry accident and is the only one in
position to save the riders.
Her rescue will set into motion a series of events which
will bring her to the notice of the Forlore brothers. One
is handsome, brilliant and charming. Alister sits on the
governing council and writes programs for the the Great
Engine. Cristof, who turned his back on his caste, repairs
clocks in the lowest sector of the city.
As the conspiracy is revealed, Taya will find herself
having to trust two men who have great secrets to hide.
Only Taya will be in a position to save the Great Engine
and her world from a madman.
In an intriguing story built in a world with very little
interaction between the castes and a series of rules which
are used to hide horrible secrets, the author crafts a
world which is all too believable. The story is full of
twists and turns which take the reader in unexpected
Taya learns that being born into an upper class family is
no guarantee of happiness. As she works to uncover the
complex plot of lies, deceit, terrorism whic afflict her
world, she will be forced to defend herself from accusation
of murder and conspiracy. Taya will have to trust her
instincts as she finds herself drawn into the lives of
Alister and Cristof.
If you like books that start off with breath-taking events,
CLOCKWORK HEART is the book for you. There is a hint of
leavens the drama of the the plot. This is a unique story
which crosses the fantasy/romance barrier.
A steampunkish romantic fantasy set in Ondinium, a city that
beats to the ticking of a clockwork heart. Taya, a
metal-winged courier, can travel freely across the city's
sectors and mingle indiscriminately among its castes. A
daring mid-air rescue leads to involvement with two scions
of an upperclass family and entanglement in a web of
terrorism, loyalty, murder, and secrets.
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