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Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti
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bookshelves: 2008_release_read, genre-fantasy, read_2009, t_notable_books_2008
Read in January, 2009

Very entertaining steampunk adventure with a dash of romance and mystery.

Ondinium is a city powered by the magic substance that gives its name, has a powerful calculating engine at its heart, and is divided in 3 caste areas at 3 levels on a mountain, one per caste, higher up of course, with the powerful "exalted" actually hedged by so many traditions and customs - in public they cannot show their faces, they have to wear some kind of robes - that the more rebellious ones go outcaste to have the freedom of the regular people; there is a cable car system, and (mechanically) winged humans called Icarii that are messengers and do not belong to any caste.

Taya is one such Icarii coming from a prosperous middle class family - her father runs a factory; she saves an exalted woman and her son from a collapsing cable car and attracts the attention of two exalteds brothers, one a "programmer" and Council politician, the other a rebellious outcaste watchmaker that lives discreetly near Taya's former neighborhood.

Add in spies from neighboring powers who want the secrets of Ondinium, dissidents, sabotage and you get an unexpectedly fun sff adventure.
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