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God of Clocks

(Deepgate Codex #3)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,235 ratings  ·  92 reviews
Alan Campbell has set the new standard for epic fantasy. Now the highly acclaimed author of Scar Night and Iron Angel returns with a new novel of a mythic struggle between man and angel, demon and god—an Armageddon of survival and annihilation that will play out on the fields of time itself.

War, rebellion, betrayal—but the worst is still to come. For in the cataclysm of the battleitself.
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Spectra Books (first published 2009)
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Campbell Mcaulay
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Rachel, Dill, John Anchor, Alice Harper and Mina Greene are locked in a battle royale with King Menoa, ruler of the underworld and the victor will determine the fate of all mankind.

This sequel picks up after Scar Night and Iron Angel. Campbell lost most of his momentum with the second of the trilogy and, to be honest, he struggles to regain it in the final part. In fact it could be said that Scar Night is a perfectly acceptable (and very good) stand-alone while Angel and CLocks are s
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
5 Stars

Alan Campbell has created a wonderful genre blurring series in the Deepgate Codex. This is a series that has roots in fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, and even horror. Each of the three books so far have a very different feel and style. They are filled with Angels, Demons, Gods, and creatures. There are swords and bows, guns and bombs, and cool constructs.

God of Clocks is book three in the series and one that I truly enjoyed. I have enjoyed each book In this se
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This series read like a dream.

You know how, while you are sleeping you can dream the weirdest things. Often these are things that make no sense at all, they are a string of events that are connected to one another and the contents of them don't necessarily have anything at all to do with what comes after or went before. However, as long as you are still sleeping and dreaming it, everything makes perfect sense.

This is how I imagine it must have been like for the author. As
Mar 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is for the whole series, including Scar Night and Iron Angel. It's pretty peculiar -- the series barely has a plot, although things happen. It pretty much lacks character development, although there are plenty of characters doing plenty of things for plenty of reasons. The books lack heroes, with the ostensible main characters being blown about, willy-nilly by the authorial winds, and the callow youth sort of grows up by the end, although mostly through the experience of being killed a couple of times ...more
Jul 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fantasy
I was pulled along for the ride on this one, and not really in the good way. It was a mess of time travelling (which I don't usually hold with precisely because of the multiple selves running around everywhere) and parallel universes (which just... ugh).

I still like the characters (even though Dill and Carnival, my favorites, were hardly included at all), and I was intrigued by the story. Also, Alan Campbell's ideas, plot twists, and style of writing kept me going. However, the whole thing was
Feb 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I want to say something nice, but all I get is me scratching my head at this, it's supposed to be the 3rd book where all my questions are to be answered, and yet it irks me, ummmmm my ebook says 287 pages, but the one in goodreads says 367, so I maybe just maybe, there were some resolutions from the missing pages
God of Clocks picks up soon after Iron Angel leaves off. It doesn't really add much that's new, though the battle continues, and some of the mysteries are revealed. I'm sorry to say that it's only some.

Campbell wove in a number of intriguing threads in books 1 and 2. He leaves quite a lot of them loose in this third volume. There are two other books in this universe, Lye Street and Damnation for Beginners, but they appear to be relatively free standing. With that, I'd have to count this closing book of the trilogy as a disapp
May 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of dark, grimy, Gothic fantasy. Fans of Scott Lynch, George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss.
Recommended to Kenci by: Ricky Morton
Shelves: fantasy
Alan Cambell’s Deepgate Codex is a dark, grimy, Gothic fantasy with elements of dark humor and horror. This thrilling saga is consistently anything but predictable or mundane. It is a madcap tumble through bizarre, lunatic landscapes. Just when you think you know what is coming, guess again!

God of Clocks picks up where Iron Angel left off and sets off at a madcap pace into what should have been a brilliant conclusion to an incredible trilogy. The ending, unfortunately, felt very rushed. It was building t/>God
Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
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Jul 24, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ick, dystopia
The third of a series, this is the most boring book of the three.

All the spark of the first book, Scar Night, is gone. And the intrigue that kept me going through the second book is just smashed into incoherence here. I feel like my own writing is suffering from reading this book....

Read Scar Night and Lye Street as a duo instead of wasting time on this book (or its' predecessor).

May 21, 2009 rated it liked it
What the fuck happened here?

I really loved this series. It was new and refreshing, there was no sense of formulaic plot development and I was engaged in the books wondering what would happen next. But, the end of book 3 in the series feels premature. It just... ends. That's it, game over, go home folks.

It's like watching a football game, you're getting down the wire, the score is tied 14-14 and you've got 2 minutes left to go. Then suddenly the ref steps out onto the field, one of the teams is
Aug 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
Myeh. I was initially somewhat disappointed by "Scar Night", but had my hopes lifted with "Iron Angel", which I thought was really well-written. Unfortunately, I feel that "God of Clocks", while presenting some intriguing ideas (I like Campbell's vision of Hell, and his perception of Time and its ability to be manipulated), fails to deliver when it matters most - at the end. Instead we are left with a series of tableaus rather than answers. I only hope that Campbell will either a) write a FOURTH ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Well, this was a little better than the middle novel. The story continues to plod along to the end. A lot of threads left unfinished or unanswered. The temporal anomalies and time travel aspect added a bit of interest. I liked the final lines. Disappointing to see a trilogy start out so well and then literally crash and burn in the successive installments.
Costin Manda
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
The last book (in story time) in the Deepgate Codex series, God of Clocks was a huge disappointment. It started nicely enough, preparing us for epic battles of wit and weirdness. Reading it, I was about to forget all about the slight drop in quality in the second book, Iron Angel, and was preparing for something grand. Then Mr. Campbell did what he never should have done: he altered the time space continuum. Before I knew it I was thinking at that old sci-fi movie where a ship boards another shi ...more
Adam Whitehead
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Twelve powerful arconites walk the earth, preparing to bring about the destruction of humanity and bringing its souls under the command of Menoa, Lord of Hell. Ahead of their advance, assassin Rachel Hale, blood-witch Mina Greene, the angel Dill and the god Hasp retreat towards the castle of Sabor, god of clocks. Meanwhile, Cospinol, god of brine, decides that he must mount a direct assault on Menoa and orders his slave-champion, John Anchor, to pull him and his immense vessel into Hell, for a v ...more
Erin Penn
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I started with the third book of the Deepgate Codex three-book epic fantasy series, and it works fine as a stand-alone, dumping the reader in the middle of the action. It takes a little while to sort everything out, but no different than the standard dumping a reader in the middle of the action one finds in urban fantasy. With no "recaps" things keep moving at a breathtaking pace, keeping me reading for eight straight hours beginning to end.

The world-building is a creepy Guillermo de
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I would have rated this with four stars, but to be honest the biggest disappointment was the ending (of the book AND the series); it seemed as if the author simply could not figure out a way to tie up all the loose ends so he just gives us what appears here.

I have read Scar Night (Deepgate Codex #1) a couple of times, but I am not sure I will ever read parts 2 and 3 again.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Multiple, oh so many narrative threads left fucking dangling for Ulcis to gum on for the rest of goddamned eternity!
How very dare you, Mr Campbell?! Just, how dare you?
I quite enjoyed this one although it has been a really long time since I read the other two books in the series so I didn't remember as much as I would have liked. I found this book to be really fast paced and I just couldn't stop reading so I managed to read it in a couple of sittings.
Omer Vertman
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
not as good as the first two
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series was fantastic. Very original and different from anything else that I've ever read. I wasn't totally thrilled with how this one ended, but all in all just awesome.
Tiffany Cole
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
“God of Clocks” by Alan Campbell:
In the mystical, ancient city of Deepgate, deities and iron angels battle, while an opened portal to hell lets loose creatures that further destroy the land and its inhabitants. Sounds like the least until Rachel Hael, Mina Greene and Greene's dog, Basilis, set out to make sure Deepgate ends on a better note.
“God of Clocks”, the third installment in the Deepgate Codex Series, starts with a gruesome glimpse into the boiling and draini
Dec 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
I read the two preceding books about a year ago, and finally picked up the conluding novel in the series. This book started off at 4 stars, sagged down to 3, then rose sharply to 5 stars for the entire second half, then settled at an overall 4 stars for me by the end.

This is a "dark" fantasy, which basically means that each of the characters have a touch of "bad" in them. This isn't overly done, so I was still able to attach myself to various characters, but in the end, you're alright if any of
Maja Ingrid
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm bit torn between rating this book 2 or 3 stars, but it's leaning closer to 3 stars so I'm going to let it stay on that.

This may be a review for all three of the books and not just God of Clocks. I have mixed feeling for this whole series. At parts i found myself bored, but at other i forgot i was reading and just raced through the pages. It started sort of good with the first book, i got out of my reading slump, but there's that. Plotwise the first book may be my favourite of the
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The war with the hellish Mesmerist hordes of King Menoa, Lord of the Maze, and the sons of the goddess Ayen continues while our litle band of rebels from Deepgate is caught between.

Spine assassin Rachel Hael is reunited with the angel Dill, whose soul controls a 400-foot tall mechanical Archonite. Along with the thaumaturge Mina Greene, her little demon dog Basilis and the god Hasp, they are pursued by 12 more mesmerist-controlled Archonites as they try to reach the castle of Sabor,
Pavlo Tverdokhlib
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Ok, there's no way to sugarcoat it: Campbell doesn't stick the ending.

Basically, the same problems that became evident in "Iron Angel" are present here- the author allowed the scope of the story to overwhelm him.

Campbell clearly has a great and vivid imagination. He comes up with some really cool concepts.

Unfortunately, he can't fit his story around them well. "God of Clocks" starts up quickly resolving the cliffhanger ending from "Iron Angel" by removing a solid chunk of the cast, and then s
Brent Hayward
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Once I got me head around the realization that Campbell wanted to write two books in a trilogy that had nothing to do with the first one, I settled down. Lots of this story made little or no sense at all, and I didn't feel there would a payoff to invest the effort to focus any harder. The writing was a bit robotic, the scenes nicely surreal in places yet, because of the straight-ahead prose, somewhat dull and lifeless.

I'd like to take this opportunity to say that bloated trilogies, l
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
So so so disappointed in the end. The epilogue was about Harper??? Really??? One of the characters I cared least about gets the final words. What happened to Rachel? And Dill? And Anchor? Was the battle in hell they were waging all pointless since they got back in time to bring Ayen out from Heaven?

This whole series had so much potential, but too often, plots and characters were thrown away and wasted. Carnival was the most interesting character of the lot and in the end she turns into some mil
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
So. Out of a sense of completion, I decided to finish this series. But the truth is, I'm not sure this is actually the last book, because I don't really know what happened at the end. There were...kind of a lot of loose ends. As the title implies, this book deals with time, time travel, and the "god" (angel thing?) of clocks. The time travel doesn't come into play until the second half of the book, but it has a few moments of that aching what-if that you get in good Doctor Who episodes.

Rachel H
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this conclusion to the trilogy I think the Campbell has created a really interesting and believable world. The series as a whole is slightly strange, not in a bad way, but the first book sets up for a storyline you don't expect at all.
This book did drag in a few places it didn't have me as gripped as scar night did (my favourite of the trilogy) but had some good plot twists. The end was confusing a lot of time travelling that was hard to get your head around.

The end was a bit di
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