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Blood and Clockwork

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Alistair Click set out to lay to rest the superstitious fears about the Mad Prince's clockwork tower. If that meant he might bring the ghost city of Avalonia back to economic life, connecting the western kingdoms once again, so much the better. So what if no adventurer who'd entered the tower in the last century of desolation had ever re-emerged? They didn't have his skill ...more
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Published March 16th 2016 by Less Than Three Press
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Wart Hill
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc2016, netgalley, lgbtq, ace
Things I Find While Shelving

I received a free ARC via NetGalley

When I first started this I was a bit eh about it because the main characters thought process didn't feel natural to me, but as the book picked up it started to click more with me and I wound up actually really loving him. And the story.

Also he's Asexual, so woohoo!

Like. Seriously just. Huge round of applause for Ace representation in fiction because hot damn did I need that! It was so refreshing to see. Like. I knew I needed it, but
Apr 02, 2016 marked it as my-issues-not-yours
I am not going to rate this because I genuinely thought that the issues I had were my own.

I am not a visual reader. I mean, I know other people can imagine characters in the books, like they have mental image on which actors/actresses to play the characters for example. Well, I can't. I read descriptions of characters and I can't really imagine how they look.

Same thing with settings, really. If I don't have good frame of reference in my brain, then I can't visualize them. Which might explain w
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, sff, my-e-things, lgbtq
3.5 stars. This was cool, but kind of underdeveloped. I quite enjoyed it, though. Two queer guys get trapped in a wonderfully macabre magic clockwork puzzle tower of death and try to find their way out and not die and they also fall in love. There's a lot of blood and lot of clockwork here, so the title is right on. It's short and there's a lot going on and I wanted more. Nice to see ace rep and POC rep. All in all, this was an enjoyable, imaginative fantasy romance short. ...more
This was a delightful tale of fantasy blended with steampunk that had a mild darker tone and a gentle romance. I was pleased to discover it amongst the Solitary Travelers collection.

The story opens with brilliant and intrepid Alistair Click determined to enter the abandoned and desolate once thriving capital city and the Mad Prince's Tower to discover it's secrets and restore the city and tower to its former glory. Only thing is, no one has ever returned after entering the tower. But Alistair is
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Blood and Clockwork is an incredibly intriguing concept, with highly relatable characters and an interesting relationship dynamic. But while I think the story had a lot of things going for it, I ultimately really struggled to be absorbed in the plot and to fully understand and visualize the events happening on the page.

Read the full review on Just Love Romance .
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Okay, at first I wasn’t sure where the book was going, but then Marco came in and OMG I love that guy. He’s funny, adaptable and don’t get me started on the racial comments.

“Dude, I’m not going to be the black guy in this horror movie, hell no.”

“Are you out of your damn mind? You’re not going to be the white guy in this horror movie. There’s some kind of fucked up magic going on that involves blood sacrifice, people disappear in here
KV Taylor
Feb 09, 2016 added it
Shelves: lgbtq, written
The next book by The Other Me! This one is a novella full of clockwork riddles, awkward flirting, and a nerdy ace horologist protag.
Thibaut Nicodème
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pretty cute, though it kind of feels underdeveloped. But I guess that's to be expected with what is essentially a novella. So I'll go for 3.5 stars, rounded up for a change. ...more
Kristīne Vītola
(Alloromantic) asexual MC (Alistair)
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved Marco and Alistair's dynamic. They are a freakin' adorable couple <3 I also loved that Marco is like dude I can't pass up another dimension brb <3 ...more
"It was as if I’d found my way through a clockwork forest, where each strange plant, and all its fruits were made of copper and bronze and the workings of time.”


Okay, so the gorgeous cover drew me in, and this quote from the story is a great example of the lyrical quality of the first person voice of Alistair. I’ve never read this author before, but I very much liked her style. I enjoyed that she added an Ace character who found an open and accepting friend in a contemporary young gamer
Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.

The capital city of Avalonia has been abandoned for over a century, stories of ghosts and a curse keeping people away. The economy took a hard hit when this epicenter of trade and commerce was lost and though people have tried over the years to reclaim it, none have ever returned. Alistair Click is determined that he will be the one to succeed where the others have failed and if that means braving the Mad Prince’s clock tower alone, then so be it. What he f
Elaine White
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, historical
Book – Blood and Clockwork
Author – Katey Hawthorne
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 68

Cover – Gorgeous
POV – 1st person, past tense
Would I read it again – Yes!

Genre – LGBT, Aro/Ace, Steampunk, Adventure


Ever since I saw the cover for this book, I've been dying to read it. I haven't read enough Steampunk stories, by far, and when I saw that it was Katey Hawthorne, I just had to have it. Then, when I read the blurb, I got all giddy and excited. This was a MUST re
Mar 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who just wants to read a cute fantasy story with steampunk elements
Shelves: arcs, fantasy, lgbt, novella
I received my copy of this from NetGalley in return for a review.

Protagonist: 4/5
Love Interest: 5/5
World Building: 4/5
Plot: 3/5

Overall score 16/20 which is a pretty high 4 stars.

Okay so this was a pretty cute novella that seriously made me smile and to be honest I might have to say this *gigglesnort*. Yes, that is the sort of reaction it brought out in me! It didn't take me too long to read and the only reason it looks like it took me two days as I read the first chapter one night and then the r
A.M. Leibowitz
I really enjoyed this story. The writing is fantastic, style-wise, and I was fascinated by the clock magic. I loved when Marco showed up and thought he was LARPing (live action role play). The two of them had great chemistry, and their banter was fun.

The story was a bit slower paced than I expected, and there were times when it felt a bit confusing. I realize a short story doesn't have much space for world-building, but some of the stuff about the clocks left me puzzled. Even so, the mix of mech
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
*Copy received from NetGalley. Review originally posted on A Bibliophile's Reverie*

A great novella that combines fantasy, action, romance, and suspense! Alistair Click has a surprise guest from another world, and he has to figure out how to get them back! But meanwhile, things are going haywire in his home and he needs to figure out why.

Alistair Click is an awesome character and reminds me a lot of Julius Monrey, the Clockmaker, in the manga Alice in the Country of Hears. They both are shy, don’
Andrea Goodell
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
This book confused me too much to enjoy. I have to be honest, after reading the blurb again I’m not sure why I picked it? I probably thought it was a turn of century or older fantasy. But it’s more of a Hodgepodge of modern with a steam punk feel?

Alistair lives in a world filled with clocks, and he has set on a quest to the Mad’s Princes Tower.

Marco, happy in his own home is pulled into Alistair’s by a wrong move that turns out to be the right one.

As they both try and find a way out of the tower
This was a very descriptive novella set in a tower where most everything in each of the vast rooms is made up of clockwork. I enjoyed the visuals, but after a while I began to get bored when nothing interesting happened.

Marco was a great character. I loved his humor and his use of the modern-day Earth phrases that confused Alistair. He pretty much saved the book for me.

One thing I loved was that Alistair was an asexual character. That is very uncommon in books, especially in romance. I thought t
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Review

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

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From that review: "When I finished Katey Hawthorne's Blood and Clockwork, several things popped immediately to mind. First? What a spectacular world and engrossing plot! That Mad Prince's clockwork tower? Spellbinding...literally. Step by step, I was peering over the shoulders of those wonderful characters, Alistair and Marco as they carefully maneuvered their way thru the m
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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