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Gears of Fate

(Forgotten Gods #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Centuries have passed since the Fey conquered Earth, forcing mankind and gods alike to flee to the sky city Olympus. Forgotten gods walk amongst man, lost and powerless. Little do they suspect a second Fey war looms, and an unlikely duo will set in motion the gears of fate.

Zak Walker is a fringe rat living in the slums who would do anything to protect his sister, Alice.
Paperback, 218 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Daniel Volpe
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recently received an ARC of the upcoming Curiosity Quills novel, "Gears of Fate", by Wilbert Stanton. I have a few questions for future readers. Do you like Greek Mythology? How about Steampunk? What about a great story with likeable characters and a fresh plot? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then "Gears of Fate" is the book for you. Stanton has really evolved in his latest Steampunk thriller. GOF is a YA book that mixes mythology with Steampunk elements. Stanton takes ...more
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
I feel really bad about DNFing this book. It seemed so right for me, with its combination of fae and ancient gods. But alas, I found my attention slowly pulled more and more to other books; it just could not maintain a hold on me.

This is not a case of me saying "this book sucks, don't read it". No, this is more "it's not you, it's me". I think that the right people will find the cast of characters amusing and the notion of various pantheons existing alongside the two fae courts rather cool. I
Jun 23, 2017 marked it as to-read
YA Fantasy fans!
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy.

I usually start the review with a quote, but since this book is full of good quotes (already in the prologue), and not out yet, I will refrain from it. I could not put it down until I was done with it and, to be honest, I am looking forward to re-reading it.

After a great prologue, I had high hopes for the book, and it did not let me down.

The plot is not very complicated, but it is refreshing. For all that the title promise, the gods do not play a major role in the
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My previous experience with Wilbert Stanton's work, The Artful, was not a good match, but how could I resist a book that mixes steampunk, Greek gods and Fey.

What I liked was that it tried to deliver something different, mixing a lot of things together and trying to be fresh in a genre where that is not easy. However, while some concepts where nicely worked out, the different Pantheons for example, the pacing felt off. There is a rather
Nicki Markus
Gears of Fate has a lot going for it, even from a first glance. After all, who doesn't love a story packed with mythology and folklore? One of the great strengths of this work is the way Stanton blends the different pantheons, drawing them into one tale. Throw in a few steampunk jet packs and the like, and you have something guaranteed to appeal to a wide range of readers. Overall, it works. The story concept is good, there's a fun injection of humour and the main characters are likeable thanks ...more
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, sci-fi-fantasy
This is a terrific, fast-paced book that pulled me in and kept me reading until I turned the last page. This is filled with a blend of mythological characters and those from the authors imagination. The author flawlessly brings them to life in this exciting world he has built. I look forward to reading more in this series. ...more
Junichi Wada
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having read Stanton's first book, "The Artful", I was definitely looking forward to reading this one. And it did not disappoint.

The story of Zak Walker is not unknown to many who read into the fantasy genre. However, Stanton's character development provides a great backbone into a story that makes you want to read till the very end. What particularly interested me was the fact that he did include Greek and Norse mythologies into this world of his own. While the gods do not play a critical role,
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fantasy, steampunk
I got an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review :) I have to say that the synopsis was super interesting... it really was the first thing that got my attention... :) and it actually got my expectations kind of high... and I have to say that I am not disappointed at all :) it was a super exciting story, although it did felt at some points all over the place, that's why I gave it 4,5 stars instead of full 5 :) but I see sooooo much potential for future stories :) ...more
Kriselda Gray
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review.

"Gears of Fate" is a fun read, but it gets off to a bit of a slow start. The world the story takes place in takes a bit of explaining, and the idea of the Norse and Greek Gods working together felt a bit odd to me - though that may be more a function of my great love for the Norse Gods and their lore than anything else. The biggest hurdle for me to overcome, though, was that the lead female character came off rather spoiled and
Michael Levy
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an ARC copy of this authors latest work.
I really enjoyed his mix of ancient gods, the future of mankind, fantasy and steampunk. Wilbert mixes them into a fun adventurous tale that is compelling reading. The characters are well developed and realistic. The action comes fast and believable and I had a hard time putting it down. I can't wait for the next installment!
Elizabeth Mathis
Centuries have passed since the Fey conquered Earth, forcing mankind and gods alike to flee to the sky city Olympus. Forgotten gods walk amongst man, lost and powerless. Little do they suspect a second Fey war looms, and an unlikely duo will set in motion the gears of fate.

Zak Walker is a fringe rat living in the slums who would do anything to protect his sister, Alice. His neglectful father threatens to consign him to a life away from home on an airship, but he yearns for his life to mean
Dave Higgins
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Fusing steampunk, fairy tales, and European myths, Stanton creates a new perspective on trope of a simple farmboy getting drawn into a quest to save a nation from an evil usurper.

Centuries ago, Queen Mob of the Fey conquered Earth, exiling humanity to Olympus, a city supported by arcane technologies. Zak Walker has grown up in the slums that have grown up around the original city. Making a paltry living patching up the machinery that supports the slums, he dreams of a better future than the
K.J. Simmill
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Zak Walker, a fringe rat living on the outskirts of the slums and doing dangerous labour in the hope to look after his sister, could never imagine the plan fate has for him. He only wanted to protect his sister. His father, since their mother left, is a mean and violent drunk, and Zak had sworn to look after Alice. But the distance he would go to keep this vow would surprise even him. The day Seneca appeared was the start of his twisted path. His sister vanishes, spirited away to Earth, a place ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

This book has it all fantasy , gods , fey and steampunk . There is intrigue and add a dash of romance . Love how the author mixes the Norse and Greek gods with ease . They are intertwined with fairy tale ideals . The main character is fun and you really get in his head while reading . The story is a great twist and had me turning pages . I couldn't put the book down .
The characters are well written and complex . The lead character Zak is just a poor young man trying to make it in the Fringe
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of: Percy Jackson, Inventor's Secret series; Mortal Instruments
4.25 stars.
I can't explain how excited I was for this. I just love mythology (especially Greek mythology) and to combine it with steampunk= epic. The romance wasn't the main focus which is good because this is not a romance book. The plot was interesting. The twist was unexpected. The characters were good (Seneca grew on me). Overall, a good book with all of my favourite things.

I can't wait to see more of the rest of the world that the books are set in. Other steampunk fans will definitely
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Zak Walker is content to live out his life as a fringe rat in the slums of the sky city Olympus taking care of his little sister Alice. But of course his father has his own plans for Zak. Zaks father is going to get him a job on an airship and Zak will be away from home a lot. Who is going to look after his little sister, Alice if he is not there to do it? His father spends most of his time at The Crows Nest drinking.

Than a girl, Seneca Rose lands on Zaks doorstep wanting his help to fight a
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for honest review.

So... when I started reading it, I almost gave up after first chapter. Mixing mythologies is something I really don't like and usually recipe for disaster. However... in this book, it strangely work. It ended up to be really good book.

So Norse and Greek Gods use to work together, and by work I mean argue. :) Because they were to busy with themselves, Fey were able to concur Earth. People, were exiled to the floating island of
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
GEARS OF FATE has elements of fantasy, mythology, and steampunk all weaved together. When Seneca, the Seelie Princess, lands on his doorstep, Zak thinks she's crazy. She speaks of Fey and other mythical things that catches has his sister's interest. Alice is young, but doesn't talk and Zak is unsure about Seneca's presence.

Seneca is on the run from her fiance Puck who wants the Unseelie to take over (the bad Fey). When she lands on Zak's doorstep, she wasn't planning on returning to Fey realm so
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was certainly interesting. Its my first Steampunk but not my first YA. I have to be honest and say it took me a bit to get into it. I think its because its so different than what I am used to. I did enjoy it but I think the newness of SP and being YA was not for me. YA isnt my favorite genre but I wanted to give it a try. The characters were interesting and I really liked the story. I plugged on til the end. There were parts I was confused with but again I think thats because I am so ...more
I received an electronic copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
Gears of Fate was a really fun read. It is set in a world where the fey defeat the Greek and Norse Gods and humans are banished to the sky in a floating city called Olympus. There is also a strong steampunk element. Zak Walker, a resourceful fringe rat and Seneca, the Seelie Princess must unite to save Zak's sister who has been kidnapped, and to save the city of Olympus from evil fairies. There is
*I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*

Ohh. My. God. This book was SOOOO good! At first I admit I wasnt exactly in the mood but once I started reading I was so drawn into it and overwhelmed with emotions brought on by how much I was enjoying this. Norse gods, steampunk AND adventure, yes please! Seneca was my favourite, but the other characters were also very good. Id definitely recommend reading this, im so glad I was given the opportunity to and I have
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting steampunk and mythology mix.

Full of much action and deep characters. Mysterious unfold as proficiency is proven fallible. All with much wit and quips along the way. Definitely looking forward to more from this Author.
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Wilbert Stanton is a YA, SF, and Fantasy author. While he has a love for these genres, he has authored a variety of short stories that branch out into others.

Wilbert is also a screenwriter with a passion for horror and drama. He has worked on both short and feature films, while perfecting his pilot Born Entertainers.

Born and raised in New York City, Wilbert learned to embrace the diversity and

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