Octavia Leander is a medician, gifted in the art of
medical magic as taught to her by the Lady and Miss
Percival. Using the magic of the near-forgotten goddess
Lady, she can heal even the most horrific wounds and even
cure those who are an inch from death. Of all medicians,
Octavia is perhaps the most gifted and in tune of all.
She is on her way to heal the people of Delford, who have
been stricken by illness. As she travels on the airship
Argus she encounters Mr. Garret, an unusual dirigible
steward with the deep eyes of a man of the world, and
Viola Stout, a publisher's wife with a dark secret.
Together the three must ward off assassination attempts,
the loss of a precious satchel, and the terrible secrets
of a nation of exiles who will stop at nothing to get
their hands on Octavia. When even Octavia's faith is
shaken, the Lady proves to be even more than anyone could
ever have imagined. THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER is a suspenseful
steampunk novel with twists and turns at every moment.
Overall I thought that this book was fantastic.
I'm a sucker for steampunk, and this is the best one I've
read in a long time. Everything is woven like a quilt. I
am perfectly glad to believe that a society still has a
queen and corsets at the same time as automobiles and
dirigibles. There's a certain magic in every chapter,
some of it described literally and some just left in the
eye of the beholder. The world building is phenomenal;
never once am I confused because of terminology which is
left undefined. I only wish the book were longer so we
could have more time to explore the world and understand
its complex magic system.
My favorite scenes are those between Octavia and
Mr. Garret. Their romance is very slow burn and
believable. The things which annoy me most in novels
nowadays are rushed or unpalatable romances; I not only
like this one, but it seems like in future books it will
expand and extend. I can't wait for that. I'd really like
it if the book had more time to spend on other people
besides Octavia. While she is a fascinating character
with really complex back story, so are the others. I
would love to know more information on Mr. Garret
especially, as he is the closest person to Octavia by the
end of the book.
THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER is a fantastic read and I
highly recommend it. If you like steampunk adventures, if
you like slow burn romances, if you like tales of
intrigue and magic, if you like prose that elevates the
story far beyond what it might be, check out the
adventures of Octavia Leander.
Full of magic, mystery, and romance, an enchanting
fantasy debut in the bestselling vein of Trudi Canavan and
Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up
on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught
to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the
young healer is about to embark on her first mission,
visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the
war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is
is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing
occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is
Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the
dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous
Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her
cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is
only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly
conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.