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Clementine by Cherie Priest
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Clementine is the second novel set in Priest’s Clockwork Century, in which the Civil War never ended with a Northern victory and continues to rage on, some twenty years later. Although this is the second in the series, you don’t need to read the first book, Boneshaker, in order to appreciate the world that Priest has built.

The novel centers around two polar opposite characters; Maria Isabella (Belle) Boyd and Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey.

Belle Boyd is a former Confederate spy, turned actress, and now working for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. She is sent on her first mission as a ‘Pink’ to insure that safe arrival of an airship named ‘Clementine’ to Louisville, KY.

Captain Hainey is an escaped slave, turned air pirate. He and his men are in pursuit of the Clementine to reclaim the airship as his own.

As the adventure unfolds, the characters’ stories become intertwined as the true reason for Belle’s mission begins to come to light.

Priest’s writing creates an ‘edge of your seat’ action/adventure story that keeps you reading till the end. On the downside, the characters are not well defined. Hainey is likable but filled with untapped potential that I’d love to have seen unleashed. Belle Boyd is really just flat, uninteresting and disappointing. In fact, Priest’s depiction of Allan Pinkerton, the real-life creator of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, was by far, more entertaining then Belle Boyd.

Despite the uninspiring characters, the writing and depictions of the Clockwork Century make this a fun read for anyone.
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