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Clockwork Samurai

(The Gunpowder Chronicles #2)

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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  40 reviews
National bestselling author Jeannie Lin’s Gunpowder Chronicles continue as a woman left adrift by the fall of a Dynasty attempts to reclaim her family’s honor...

As a physician, Jin Soling can see that the Emperor is cracking, relying on Opium to drown his troubles. The Ch’ing Empire is failing, and war with the British is imminent, but the man to whom Soling was once engag
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Kindle Edition, 233 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by InterMix
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Sherwood Smith
Thoroughly enjoyed this second installment of the Gunpowder Chronicles, as Jin Soling and Chen Chang-Wei are sent from the troubled Forbidden City by the young emperor who seems trapped under the weight of his imperial title, to explore the possibility of contacting scientists in Japan.

But Japan has closed itself off quite thoroughly from the taint of foreign influence. Soling and Chang-Wei are in constant danger as they pursue their goals, which are complicated by clockwork samurai, figures wit
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K.J. Charles
The second installment in literally the only steampunk series I enjoy. Set in alt-China and Japan during the Opium Wars, with magnificent worldbuilding and imagination, politics and plottery and the ongoing slow burn love affair of Soling and Chang-wei, which is now being complicated by moral and cultural disputes over the right way forward for China as it struggles against Western imperialism and the weight of tradition. Lovely and complex, vivid and engrossing, plus mechanical samurai. I do ho ...more
☕️Kimberly
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Clockwork Samurai is such a wonderful tale. While not quite as strong as its predecessor I could not help but get lost in the vivid world Lin creates. I absolutely love the setting and the descriptive and authentic feel Lin brings to the story and characters. Jeannie Lin weaves in steampunk elements and danger as our heroine Jin Soling and her former intended Chen Chang-Wei embark on a mission to Japan.

When the story begins, Jin Soling is a physician for the Emperor’s concubines. Events force he
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Sophia
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with Jeannie Lin's Gunpowder Chronicles Asian Steampunk World with the first story in this series and was eager to take up the next segment of Soling and Chen-wei's adventures. I go to this author when I want a historical romance that is in touch with the time period, the characters are colorful as well as deep, and the weaving of the story is complex and riveting. The creative inclusion of steampunk in this latest series just added to the delight.

This is book two and as the serie
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Shelley
*Source* Publisher via NetGalley
*Genre* Historical, Steampunk, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Clockwork Samurai is the second installment in the Gunpowder Chronicles by author Jennie Lin. The story picks up a little over a year after the end of Gunpowder Alchemy. 19-year old Jin Soling has moved with her family to the Forbidden City in Peking where she is a physician for the Emperor’s concubines. Jin once again finds herself at the center of attention. Unwanted attention by the Empero
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Babel
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Airships, clockwork dolls, exotic cultures... That's enough to catch my eye.

This novel has rich narrative, a clever plot with mystery and palace politics, and steampunk adventure on land and air. The pace is slow, yet the story is gripping enough as it navigates through war politics in an unsteady balance between the heroine's moral and vital battle and her duty to serve the empire.

It's about the clash of Western ideas and Eastern tradition, the blinding influence of opium and the struggle of a
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Jaclyn
Clockwork Samurai is the second in Jeannie Lin's Gunpowder Chronicles. I really enjoyed the first book, steampunk fan that I am so I was thrilled to get my hands on an advance copy of the next installment.

Clockwork Samurai takes place a year after the events in book one; Soling is working as a physician and has attracted the notice of the drug addicted Emperor. Chang-wei continues to work with the Ministry of Engineering and to encourage the Emperor to consider an alliance with the Japanese. Whe
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Yvette (bookworlder)
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
It is 1852, a year after the events in Gunpowder Alchemy, the first novel in the Gunpowder Chronicles series set during China's Qing Dynasty. Jin Soling is now a physician to the Emperor's concubines and her former intended, Chen Chang-wei, is once again among the Engineers in the Ministry of Science. This time out, Soling and Chang-wei are on a secret mission to secure an alliance with Japan, despite the Shogunate's edicts against it.

I enjoyed the first book, but was left feeling rather ambival
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Jaymee Goh
After devouring the first book, I took a little longer to dig into the second one; similar to GUNPOWDER ALCHEMY, this continuation of Jin Soling's tale starts a little slow, starting with the tension she feels even though she is now ostensibly settled as a physician in the Imperial Court, tending to the Emperor's concubines. Nervousness around the Emperor's wandering eye sends her to asking for a reassignment... keeping an eye on her former intended, Chen Chang-wei, on his trip to Japan to seek ...more
Pam
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clockwork Samurai, book two of Jeannie Lin’s The Gunpowder Chronicles series, continues the story of Jin Soling, in the steampunk envisioned Ch’ing Empire during the Opium Wars.
Jin is now a physician in the imperial court, serving the concubines of the young Emperor with fertility potions and continuing the study of acupuncture while the Empire struggles to fend off the foreigners who invade the nation. Despite the frenzied production of military weapons, air ships, and gunpowder fuel, the Empir
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Maggie Boyd
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent world building, good prose and engaging characters makes this a sequel well worth reading but the story misses five star status because of a lackluster plot.

In this second book of the Gundpowder Chronicles, Soling and Chang-wei find themselves on a covert mission for their new young, emperor. The assignment: connect with Japanese scientists and see if they can obtain their help in defeating the Westerners determined to conquer the East.

As in the last book, Soling is wary of the imper
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Michelle Athy
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
Clockwork Samurai continues the Asian-set steampunk adventures of Soling Jin and Chen Chang-Wei. This time, Soling is working in the Forbidden City and Chen is back in his place at the Ministry of Science, but with the rebels taking over more land, opium growing as an epidemic, and the British taking over port towns, undoubtedly wanting to encroach more into China, things are unstable. Chang-wei suggests making inroads in diplomacy with Japan, their neighbors, a country that has isolated itself ...more
Angel Graham
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-books
While historical romances are not normally my reading preference...when it's by Jeannie Lin, it's a given I'll be reading it.

The beauty of the world building, the steampunk aspect of both Japan and China just really works for me.

A few minor editing problems near the end, or maybe just an awkward sentence structure.

If you have a chance to read the Gunpowder Alchemy books, do so. Also, go find Butterfly Swords...you'll thank me later!
Tara L. Campbell
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great continuation with well-developed characters that I've been rooting for since book one. I hope the series continues, following the story of Jin Soling and Chen Chang-wei, because these two are dynamic and make a perfect pairing in the conflicts facing the Qing empire. There seems like so much story left to tell.
Ardith
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
I am really enjoying Jeannie Lin's series. Based on my college East Asian history experience, she gets so much right. It's so great.

Exciting adventure! Brilliant minds! Lots of technology! SO GOOD. The romance is very restrained -- so much of it is unspoken. I'm looking forward to the next book.
Michele
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A terrific sequel to 'Gunpowder Alchemy' - can hardly wait for more because I do love Soling Jin.
S.M.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. Some parts of it were good, but the main character had remarkably little agency. The last thirty pages or so were the best.
Sassa Margot
211 pages $2.99 on Kindle

Jeannie Lin is best known for her romance novels, historical romances set in Tang Dynasty China. I have not read those, but have now read the first two books in her Gunpowder Chronicles steampunk series set in the Opium Wars era in China in the mid-19th century. I enjoyed both, and look forward to seeing more books in the series, now that she has set up the world and her characters so well.

Clockwork Samurai picks up soon after Gunpowder Alchemy, with our heroes from Gunp
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Margaret
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-won
Clockwork Samurai picks up about a year after the end of Gunpowder Alchemy. Jin Soling has been working as a physician to the imperial harem. She’ll never fully trust the government that executed her father so she tries to keep a low profile, avoiding gossip and court politics. But the emperor begins to seek her out and the concubines take notice. When she sees the emperor using opium, she’s even more determined to keep her distance. Still she can’t help but worry about the rebels encroaching on ...more
Pygmy
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
A light and decent read, though not as immersive or interesting as its predecessor. The main characters from the first book embark on a trip to Japan, under the guise of a trading mission, to seek out a political and/or scientific cooperation with the Japanese. The mission is complicated by the fact that the Chinese emperor is growing erratic with opium use and is fickle with his support; and that the Japanese government is as introverted, backwards, and prideful as the Chinese government.

Variou
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Sherry
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Jeannie Lin continues her series of steampunk novels set in mid-19th-century China in Clockwork Samurai. As the title implies, however, the action moves to Japan in this installment.

Jin Soling, now an apothecary caring for the imperial concubines, is frustrated by her position at court, where the new emperor seems a little too interested in her. When she is ordered to travel to Japan with imperial engineer Chang-wei, who wants to secure an alliance with Japan against the Western powers
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Amber
This was such a beautiful book and a great followup to the first novel.

Not all battles are fought on literal battlefields and that's something Jin knows all too well. She may be back in Peking and in the Forbidden City but the Emperor is being pulled in different directions, opium is spreading deeper and deeper into the country, Chang-wei is still viewed by many as a Western sympathizer or an outright traiter putting him in a very dangerous position even without his suggestion to form an allian
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Clockwork Samurai is the second in Jeannie Lin’s Gunpowder Chronicles. I really enjoyed the first book, steampunk fan that I am so I was thrilled to get my hands on an advance copy of the next installment.

Clockwork Samurai takes place a year after the events in book one; Soling is working as a physician and has attracted the notice of the drug addicted Emperor. Chang-wei continues to work with the Ministry of Engineering and to encourage the Empero
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Rosemary K
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jin Soling is a physician in the Imperial Court. She doesn't like what she sees. The Emperor can't deal with the country's turmoil and is using opium to escape. Jin is wary. She wants to get away from the palace intrigue so she asks for a new assignment. When it does come through, she's surprised and mystified by her new post. She will be working with Chen Chang-wei. They had been promised to each other until her father's fall from grace. Now they are together. Where will this lead? Their missi ...more
Molly Smith
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Initial Thoughts: I didn't know what to expect in this sequel. Though it didn't go as I thought, I really enjoyed it. The on-going tension between Jin and Chang-wei within the political turmoil of the region is fascinatingly gripping. So much continues to be unresolved and yet progress is made. The threat of war with the British along with the impact of the opium trade is woven beautifully with Jin's romantic uncertainty with Chang-wei. I continue to enjoy the steampunk elements in the world as ...more
Darlene
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's hard to be the second book in a trilogy. You have the "gee whiz!" excitement of new worldbuilding in the first novel, a resolution of conflict in the third, but the second book has to do the heavy lifting with little of the glory.

Despite these limitations, Clockwork Samurai carries the load and advances The Gunpowder Chronicles as the action shifts from China to Japan. Both nations are confronting Western interference, paralleling events in our own world in the 19th c. However in this unive
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Laura
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book picks up some time after the end of Gunpowder Alchemy. While I enjoyed that book, it felt very much just like the beginning of a story. There was a lot of character and setting introduction, not a lot of plot. This story took everything up a notch. The action really began, the pace was quick, and by the end I was invested. The only problem is that now I need to wait for the next book! The ending, just like in the first book, doesn't feel like a satisfying ending because there's obvious ...more
Karin
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gunpowder Chronicles Book Two

Jin Soling is living as the healer assigned to the Emperor's concubines until she is summoned by the Emperor, himself. After being seen by his counsel, she is the heart of palace rumors. When she asks her only somewhat-ally to reassign her, she gets more than she bargained for. She is reassigned to a mission on a foreign, enemy land with the one man who can tear her apart. Chang-wei was her former fiance until Jin's father was convicted as a traitor and her family ex
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Pancha
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
I didn't like this as much as the first book in the series, although it's hard to put my finger on exactly why. Part of it is I found the first chapter or so, where Soling is under constant threat of assault from the Emperor, very stressful to read. She gets out of that situation, but that's kind of the last time she has agency in the plot. The rest of the story has her dragged along on Chang-wei's mission, and Chang-wei himself doesn't have a lot of control of the situation. Soling comes off as ...more
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USA TODAY Bestselling author Jeannie Lin grew up fascinated with stories of Western epic fantasy and Eastern martial arts adventures. When her best friend introduced her to romance novels in middle school, the stage was set. Jeannie started writing her first romance while working as a high school science teacher in South Central Los Angeles. After four years of trying to break into publishing with ...more

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