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A Clockwork Heart

(The Chronicles of Light and Shadow #2)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  540 ratings  ·  116 reviews
FOR BETTER OR CURSE. That might as well have been the wedding vow of Elle Chance and her new husband, the ex-Warlock Hugh Marsh in the second book of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into storytelling magic.

As Elle devotes herself to her duties as the Oracle—who alone has the power to keep the dark
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
What would a steampunk zombie look like?

That's okay, I'll wait.

Well, whatever you're thinking, I'm not sure you'll expect what will happen in this book. I enjoyed the first book in this series and while this one takes up the storyline, it takes it in unexpected directions. It isn't all girl-power flights and fighting TPTB. I was pleasantly surprised, and continue to be a fan of this hybrid steampunk-urban fantasy-romance.

Given for review by NetGalley, which has not altered my opinion
Mar 14, 2013 is currently reading it
Shelves: steampunk
The cover's UP!!

Isn't it pretty?!

Fingers-crossed, Mr. Marsh and Elle remain together. Otherwise I see a hysterical sobbing-fest in my future!

Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2017
4.5 stars

Amazing sequel!
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Well, that was pretty much a waste of time. Bloated, superficial, and a much weaker effort than the first novel.

Review to come.
May 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
DISCLAIMER: I received A Clockwork Heart as a publisher ARC through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This review can also be found at The Title Page

Rating: 2 Stars

A Conspiracy of Alchemists was a great novel, it set the standard for the Liesel Schwarz steam-punk series. It was exciting with some strange flaws, but I opted to like it anyways.

A Clockwork Heart sadly fell flat of my expectations. While it was more interesting to read, the story was dry and everything seemed to work out a
My initial reaction as to finishing the book "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"

It feels like mine is the heart that has been ripped from my chest. I have become very attached to these characters, and it was genuinely heartbreaking to reach the end of this second installment when I know the next one will be out in a year. So many loose ends are left and even though there is a moment of hope at the very very end of the story, there has been so much sorrow throughout the story that its
May 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
This bored me about halfway through, and Elle was much more off-putting to me in this novel. I understand the entire debate around women's rights and place in society, and breaking the myth of "women can't do/have it all." However, her complete naivete and disregard to her husband and marriage just infuriated me. I understand that marriage is a new experience to her, but she was not initially presented as a complete simpleton. More aggravating, is that it takes her best friend two sentences to e ...more
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It has been way too long since I read the first book in this series.  I honestly wasn't sure if it was a good idea to read this without doing a refresher because I thought for sure I'd be completely lost.  But I started with hope and my memory started to kick in as I got reading. 

A CLOCKWORK HEART is almost an entirely different book than the first one for one main reason.  In A CONSPIRACY OF ALCHEMISTS, our heroine Elle fights with the idea of the paranormal world and her place in it.  All of
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
WHY I WANTED THIS BOOK: After reading A CONSPIRACY OF ALCHEMISTS, the first book by The Chronicles of Light series by Liesel Schwarz, I knew that I wanted to read more of this fantastic world where Steampunk and the Paranormal collide. I was excited to continue reading about Elle and Marsh’s story as a newly married couple, and Liesel Schwarz’s fantastical realm of Shadow and Light.

SUMMARY: This is the second book in the Chronicles of Light and Shadow series by Liesel Schwarz, and it picks up sh
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley(dot)com. This is the second book in the Chronicles of Light and Shadow. The third book will be titled, Sky Pirates, and is due out in June of 2014. I absolutely adore this series. I loved the first book in this series and this book was even better. Elle is fantastic fun to read about and the steampunk elements in the story are really well done.

Elle and Marsh are having some trouble with their marriage. Elle loves Marsh but wants to be free to
Jody Ellis
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it

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I liked the first volume of this steampunk series and I was curious to see what would happen with the second one. It must be said that Elle has now accepted her destiny, but it is so far from what she wanted … However, she continues her life alongside her husband Marsh. But this life is not what she dreamed of and the obligations make her want to fly and control her vessels to get away from it all. Yet she is not the only one who made sacrifices and our
Hugh Marsh and Elle Chance are having some difficulties with the many changes that have recently taken place in their lives. They are also adjusting to their new role as husband and wife. When Marsh is called upon to assist in a magical mystery he jumps at the chance but in doing so looses his heart.

Now hosting a clockwork organ, Marsh takes on a zombie like quality and Elle must track down his original heart before its too late.

I found this story a little slow going with lots of world building
Initial Thoughts 3.5-4.0 stars. A bit of a slow start but once the book got into the groove, it was quite entertaining. Elle is a kickass heroine - she is brave, fierce, and extremely independent. Loved the mix of steampunk and fae lore.

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The beautiful cover of this book attracted me to this series. I’m a fan of steampunk and any sign of it gets my interest. A Clockwork Heart combines steampunk, magic, and the fae for an exciting romp through London at the turn of the 20th century.

I t
Visionary Druid
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review can be found here courtesy of Romance Junkies:

Eleanor (Elle) Chance is newly wedded and now Viscountess Greychester. Life amongst the peerage takes a little for her to grow accustomed too, just as difficult as grudgingly accepting her birthright as the world’s Pythia. Thanks to her husband her dreams of owning her own charter flight business becomes a reality.

Hugh Marsh, Viscount Greychester and former warlock, resigned from the Advisory Council o
Chelsey Wolford
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Elle Chance, our leading lady, is back in action, and this time she is married! Yep, you heard right. She is married to ex-Warlock Hugh Marsh. However, not everything is peachy keen for the newlyweds. Hugh has supposedly given up his warlock ways; however, he finds himself in the middle of a rather odd case which leads to trouble and ends up leaving Elle alone and to fend for herself. Elle doesn’t want to give up flying and is faced with more huge decisions in this book. This book is not full of ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book is nowhere near as strong as the first. The first third of the book does little or nothing in the way of world building, there is no sense of place, and the plot hops about in a random sort of way. Elle and Marsh are married and adjusting to living together, but there are problems. Elle wants to continue flying and running her airship business, and Marsh wants her to spend more time with him--he did give up eternal life and his powers to marry her after all. Their spatting seems pretty ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, ebooks
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through

The second book in a very awesome steampunk/urban fantasy series jumps right out from the gate. Once again we're treated to the awesome world that Schwarz has created for us in A Clockwork Heart. Elle and Marsh are married and things aren't going well. Elle is much more of a modern woman than her time period and she does not want to be tied down to duty between her man and the love of the open airways. However, when she decides she
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is the second book in this steam punk series and I could not wait to find out where the story would take Elle and Hugh next. They are now married and the happily ever after has gotten a little bit problematic. This book is set up in and around London, so expect to read more about this city and less about traveling to exotic locations. Elle is still working as a pilot, and the next time she comes back from a flight, she discovers that Hugh has disappeared. This book is mostly about Elle, and ...more
Shay Williams
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
My introduction to the steampunk genre was actually the first book in this series, A Conspiracy of Alchemists, and I haven't looked back since. The blend of urban fantasy and alternative history is one that I find rather satisfying. So you can only imagine how I jumped at the chance to review A CLOCKWORK HEART.

I really enjoyed the characters of Elle, Marsh and Loisa so getting a chance to rejoin them on their adventures was like getting together with old friends. And boy do they get themselves i
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, arc
Let me begin by saying that my mouse hovered between the forth and fifth star for a good minute before I settled on four. In truth, it's more of a four and half. I loved this book, I really did, but it just wasn't quite up to par with the last book. It was by no means terrible, it was just lacking a little something. The first book was so rich in description and it seemed like more patience was taken with the plot. I wanted to read the book any moment I could because I just wanted to step into E ...more
Dr susan
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-again
On the back jacket of A Clockwork Heart, Liesel Schwarz is described as a 'hopeless romantic'. I hope this description is true, otherwise the outlook for Elle and Hugh is very bleak.
A Clockwork Heart verges on steampunk horror more than fantasy. I tried to read it in one sitting to get to the hoped for 'happily ever after'. I gave up and read the last 50 pages this morning, and am stunned by the ending.
Both Hugh and Elle make some very bad decisions that have very nasty consequences. I hope Sky
Liesel Schwarz continues the tale of Elle and Marsh but with not quite as much world building as in A Conspiracy of Alchemists. Their marriage has hit a snag when the two stubborn main characters clash over proper role behavior. Enter a Lady in White who snatches Marsh away and replaces his heart with a clockwork heart. After a protracted struggle with many a setback, Elle wins back her husband's heart but loses him to Shadow opening the way for the next tale.
jason marks
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
better than the 1st book for me ,it went to a much darker place which I thought was cool.
the publisher needs to do something with the cover as they are a bit naff and don't do the writing justice.
looking forward to the next one well done Schwarz!
Dec 31, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Please delete this book. It is not by Fay Weldon. The correct information is contained here

Thank you
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Did like the first one better.
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.25 of 5

This is a second book in a series and I have not read the first (or any other) book in this series. And I'm not likely to do so.

Elle Chance is married to former warlock Hugh Marsh and Elle spends her days completely focused on being the Oracle - who alone manages to keep the Shadow forces from invading. Hugh, on the other hand, is bored now that he doesn't have his warlock duties to keep him busy, and so when he gets wor
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gift, 2018, series
Having recieved A Conspiracy of Alchemists as a gift from my dad I read it within a week of getting it and was pleased to see that it was the first in a trilogy. Unfortunately I couldn't find the next books ANYWHERE. On a trip to London I hunted for A Clockwork Heart and was glad to finally find it (as well as a few other desirable books on my want list). As is the way, I have so many books and so little time to read them and this books has been waiting to be read for a fair few months now.

Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Book #2 in the Chronicle of Light and Shadow. Good steampunk elements but the author made Elle sound like a feminist brat, wanting to keep things the way they were before she and Hugh were married. Hugh is portrayed as almost a lost soul, not sure what to do with himself now that he isn't a warlock. It's like the two didn't think about their futures before they got married.

But the book picked up towards the middle and leaves the reader with a good cliff hanger. Will probably read book 3.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Terrible! After reading the original I was looking forward to this sequel, it was like I was reading a different set of characters. There were interesting ideas, but it was actually painful to pick it up to read.

So I stopped.
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Liesel Schwarz has an MA in creative writing and is currently completing her doctorate in English and creative writing at Brunel University.

A life-long fan of 19th Century Gothic literature, she is a hopeless romantic and loves Victorians, steampunk, fairies, fantasy monsters, the Fin de siècle, and the correct way to drink absinthe. She also likes Medieval stuff, pirates, zombies, space operas a

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