The Wonder Engine
What could possibly go wrong?
In the sequel to CLOCKWORK BOYS, Slate, Brenner, Caliban and Learned Edmund have arrived in Anuket City, the source of the mysterious Clockwork Boys. But the secr ...more
The Wonder Engine, a Locus award-nominated novel, is the second half of a fantasy duology by T. Kingfisher that began with Clockwork Boys, and it’s absolutely necessary to read that book first (a few minor spoilers for that book are in this review). Clockwork Boys relates how a company of condemned criminals ― Slate the forger, Brenner the assassin, and Caliban the paladin ― plus one straitlaced, misogynistic scholar named Learned Edmund, are asse ...more
Delightful characters, witty narrative, laugh-out-loud gags, big themes dealt with subtly and sensitively, a quietly powerful and complex moral core about decency to others. Basically Kingfisher is filling up the hole in my heart left by Terry Pratchet ...more
A thirty-year-old, NOT beautiful, NOT white heroine (will wonders never cease and stuff?!) + bestiality and sheep (you don't want to know) + crazy slate, big man, dark man and book man and Grimehug, oh my! + cloud of hummingbirds on tiny jeweled leashes + hahahahahahaha + the excessive usage of thumbs + ruthless assassins who look like large, lethal shrubberies + uncontrolla ...more
Okay, so I had expected so much from this book and clearly, there was a lot of disappointment involved. The first book was a mix of funny and witty banter. It was a nice, light, fun read with a slight undertone of romance. It had not been great but I was entertained and well, that's doing much better than so many other books.
However, the second part just failed to do it for me. First of all, I felt that this book could do some serious editing. There were times where Brother Amad ...more
I enjoyed book one, loved this book, and want more Slate and Grimehug and Paladin. And even Learned Edmund.
The first book in this two-parter assembled the party and began to define their characters and relationships. This book is the payoff, which a strong feeling of family in this small band, despite ...more
Our misfits have reached their destination. Now comes the unsurmountable task of finding out all they can about the Clockwork Boys in order to destruct them, all this in enemy territory!
This narrative has more action than the first instalment but the focus still remains firmly on our disparate characters. What can I say? I love following our forger, paladin, assassin, scholar, and gnole. There is still plenty of banter for our entertainment, but their dynami ...more
Its mix of hilarity and seriousness, the real-life themes raised under the guise of fantasy, and “the personal dynamics of four tired, worried humans with a terrible secret” (plus a gnole!) really worked for me.
I look forward to future books in this universe.
It was a trifle awkward, when you were carrying an enormous sword and out for blood, to discover that you’d raided a building which didn’t have that m ...more
That said, I'm happy to say the second part is as much fun as the first, with some added spiritual themes and a whole lot of romance (of both the doki-doki kind, as in the first part, and the more hands-on approach usually found in western st ...more
The Clocktaur wars is what happens when an author has some very strong and spiteful feelings about how Paladin’s are portrayed in novels and really wants to shake it up.
I suppose thanks must also go to the writers of fantasy paladins, lo these many years, without whom there would be no tradition to enrage me and force me to tackle the issue myself. Inspiration knocks now and again, but spite bangs on the door all year long.
The Clocktaur wars duology reads like a p ...more
Bounce approves of this buddy read. Bounce loves this series.
I found a new favorite author. Therefore, I must add all her books!
Fantastic series! I loved it. The characters were so well done. I know they will stick with me. I never re-read books, but if I should ever, this series would definitely be the one....more
I had mentioned that the first novel reminded me of Bujold’s World of the five gods. This one did also, particularly when Caliban encounters the divine in t ...more
Look, if you read the first book and you thought "I could stand to have more of that," and you like the idea of a book that has a) the same characters and some excellent new ones, b) a lot of plot-twisty bits or *potential* plot twists that had me quietly freaking out pretty regularly (though I am not good with foreshadowing so ymmv), c) SO MUCH PINING SERIOUSLY, and d) a healthy appreciation for good indexing, this is the book for you! ...more
I still quite like it, but the things that seemed slightly off in the first half came into sharper relief in this second book. The first I can put my finger on, the more subtle frustration, was i ...more
I really enjoyed the first book, but the structure of this one made me crazy. The adventure plot wraps up with improbable neatness and the book turns into a mess of feelings that, while true to the characters, totally squanders the narrative momentum of the previous 140K~ words. It's like a locomotiv ...more
This is the name she uses when writing things for grown-ups.
When she is not writing, she is probably out in the garden, trying to make eye contact with butterflies ...more