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Maria Isabella Boyd’s success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty…she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago.

Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a feder
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published August 19th 2010 by Subterranean Press (first published 2010)
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May 20, 2010 rated it liked it
In an alternate America where the Civil War stretches on, a former Confederate spy turned Pinkerton agent and an escaped slave turned dirigible captain may be pursuing the man -- or are they both being tricked?

This book could have been a lot better with an extra few dozen pages. The characters and setting were interesting (although I was disappointed not to meet again with Briar and Ezekiel from the first volume), but the villains and their Evil Plot were introduced so late and briefly that it
Megan Baxter
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Clementine is a slim book, a fun romp, but in some ways unsatisfying, and in others, a little...troublesome. Which is perhaps too much thought to put into a book that seems to be intended as brain candy and little more. But still, doubts remain. Can you really keep slavery as an aspect of life in the Southern states during the Civil War, and yet then try to make the pre-eminent Confederate spy's motives all about states rights, and give her absolutely no prejudices against an escaped black slave ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
What kind of book is this? Is it science fiction, alternate history, steampunk, or just madcap adventure? All of the above.

Clementine is is part of the Clockwork Century series, and I admit I cheated and read these out of order, starting with this book. The storyline was a huge draw, honestly.

I'm a sucker for Westerns, especially with a heroine at the helm. Maria Isabella Boyd is on the wrong side of the Civil War, as far as I am concerned, but I don't like her any less. She's a complex woman wi
Mar 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, sci-fi, audiobooks
Clementine is a novel set in Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century world. It was entertaining but not as good as Dreadnought. Heck, it wasn't even as good as Boneshaker. Fortunately, it bears no connection to either of those novels and you can go ahead and skip it if you want to.

I really like the production of this audiobook. I like how they used a female narrator for the female protagonist's chapters and a male narrator for the male protagonist's chapters. It really got to be a lot of fun when the
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
On the surface, the action in this story was a little too easy and the plot very simple, but I enjoyed it! It was fun.

I liked the characters, even if they were a little shallow. They had heart.

Sep 09, 2011 rated it liked it
My sister read and wrote a review of Clementine before I got to it, so I noticed things that she mentioned in her review that I wouldn't normally notice: It was a fast-paced book; it lacked the sharing of background and history that Boneshaker had; it could probably be called more superficial. But I don't mind. Sometimes, a slow, leisurely exploration of a new place or culture or universe is enjoyable, the way curling up in front of the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and a book on a snowy wint ...more
Helen White
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series, steampunk
Captain Hainey is chasing his stolen dirigible. While ex spy Maria Boyd is chasing him on behalf of her employers. Their paths cross in an unexpected fashion and action ensues. Excellent shoot em up steampunk.
Ranting Dragon
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jake

Cherie Priest has been called the “High Priestess of Steampunk” for good reason. Her Clockwork Century world is a well-constructed alternate history version of 19th century North America. I reviewed Boneshaker recently, and was eager to read the next installment. With Clementine, the only disappointment I felt was when it ended.

Clementine tells the tale of Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey. A former slave and current air pirate, his airship—the Free Crow—h
Jack +Books & Bourbon+
Well wasn't this just a rollicking good time? And honestly, I think that this is quite literally the ONLY time I have ever used the word "rollicking". But if there was ever a time and a place for the word, Clementine would be both.

I can honestly say that I am kicking myself for not starting this one MUCH sooner. I thoroughly enjoyed Cherie Priest's first "Clockwork Century" novel years ago when I first read it, and I really missed the boat when this first follow-up was released. Still, better la
Sep 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, sf, steampunk
Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century series is rather refreshing in that the various books, thus far, don't follow the exact same set of characters. They're all set in the same universe, but the characters featured in each book are only tangentially related to each other. And things are slightly complicated by how the books in the series are not all exclusively with the same publisher. The main books in the series are via Tor, but Subterranean Press has the actual Book 2: Clementine.

Now, this one d
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Following the adventures of Croggon Beauregard Hainey, airship captain and thief from last year's fantastic Boneshaker, as he tries to recover his beloved airship from the hands of the pirate who swiped her. Of course being that things are never as easy as simply stealing back the ship he rightfully stole in the first place, Maria Isabella Boyd, former spy and newest member of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, is hot on his trail.
"Why are you chasing the Clementine? What's on board that you want s
Beth Cato
Boneshaker, Priest's first book of her Clock work Century series, set an awfully high standard. It used the background a steampunk-style Seattle overrun by noxious gas and zombies, all while the Civil War continues to ravage the rest of the United States well into the 1880s. Clementine takes place immediately after the first book, though following different characters across the country. While I enjoyed the setting, the emotional punch simply wasn't there. Part of the appeal of Boneshaker was th ...more
Nicholas Karpuk
Nov 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Hey, whaddya know, Priest actually improved upon her steampunk series in most of the ways that angered me in Boneshaker.

First of all, the story goes somewhere. It has characters who all want something other than to merely survive. There's a genuine thrust to the narrative.

The pacing goes along at a nice rate, the characters all have amusing back stories rather than just featuring a wide-eyed kid with a dark family history (the ultimate fantasy trope.)

What I still take issue with is Priest's di
Catherine Siemann
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Intriguing characters, solid world-building, and if you told me Priest had actually been in an airship battle, I'd believe you -- she does a wonderful job with describing the imagined. The novella length makes for a fairly condensed plot -- by the time we've gotten through the set-up, the book is nearly over. Also, perhaps this says something about my own limitations, but even in alternative history, I have trouble sympathizing with the Confederacy, and thus I found the heroine difficult to unde ...more
A fun adventure in Priest’s Clockwork Century a steam punk alternative history of the American Civil War (an underused idea since a war fought with gatling guns, ironclads, primitive submarines, and balloons should fire more steam punk imaginations).Pirates, Pinkertons, A woman confederate spy, escaped slaves, airship battles, and a doomsday weapon and the barest sketching of the historical background are along for entertaining a pulpy ride. I feel like I’m just getting tastes of this series so ...more
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
As much fun as I had with Boneshaker, I enjoyed reading Clementine even more, and my expectations are sky high for Cherie Priest’s Dreadnought, the third volume in the Clockwork Century, which is scheduled for publication on September 28, 2010 via Tor...
Not as good as the first. It still is a good adventure read, but does call upon the reader to take a feel things on faith. I also disliked how Priest sidestepped the whole question of morality of North and South. Still, a good adventure read.
Blodeuedd Finland
I am sure I could have finished it, but, I want to read books that I actually enjoy so DNF
C. Scott Kippen
Clementine is a steam-punk adventure set in Priest’s Clockwork Century. I have read only 220 pages of Boneshaker, so my exposure to that world was a bit limited. However, it was enough to want to read books in this universe. I enjoyed Boneshaker while I was reading it. The library just made me return it.

Clementine was an enjoyable read. It was quick, fun, and partially satisfying. And what I mean by partially satisfying is that while it was fun to read, there is not much meat on this bone. The c
Anniken Haga
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
On my quest to read all of Priest's works, I finally got my hands on ''Clementine'' - although as an audiobook.
I've wanted to read this book like forever!

Unfortunately, it didn't blow me away.
Not on its own because of the story, but for multiple reasons.
It was OK, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't what I hoped for.

Why I didn't like it.
This is an installment in one of my long time favorite series, but it's been a while since I read the main books in this series, and so I felt a few of the po
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
I bought Clementine because I had just finished reading Boneshaker, which I thought was a clever and original story that reinvented American history and offered a plausible alternative timeline in which the American Civil War never ended and drags on through internecine fighting and skirmishes. While I think much of Clementine captures elements of this originality, it was a touch disappointing, primarily because there wasn’t enough narrative to develop either of the main characters or their plac ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I was happy to travel more with Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey as they set out to reclaim their precious airship, that they rightfully pirated years ago. We're introduced to Maria Boyde, an ex spy who after being turned away from her side of the civil war, still remains a woman not to be reckoned with as a fresh spy. I enjoyed how the story unfolded and the ending was satisfying ...more
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hard-copy, audiobooks
I blasted through this novel pretty quickly, and will admit I enjoyed it a lot more than I did Boneshaker, which I found to be a bit anemic, scattered, underutilized. Clementine (which I will admit I thought was book #2 in the series, since that's how audible had it listed) was a fun break from other novels - I don't think I'll be picking up Dreadnought immediately, but this has given me some reason to return to the series in the future. ...more
Meg McGregor
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is part of The Clockwork Century series and I enjoyed it. It kept me reading and the ending was satisfactory, if a little hurried, in my opinion.

The reason I didn't give it four stars is because it was a much shorter book than others; resulting in the characters not being given the depth needed as in her previous novels. But it was still an interesting read and well worth my time!

I look forward to reading other books in the series.

Oh, you don't have to have read the previous books in t
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fantasy Review Barn

The Clockwork Century was a five book series. Right? It is a completed series with five books. If I go to my library, get into the catalog, I can count the damn things. One, two, three, four, five. It is that easy and I would assume that like many series anything else involved with the series would be a throwaway story; short and only loosely connected.

So someone bring me the head of the marketing genius that hid the most entertaining story of the entire series as a special re
Aug 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Taking place after Boneshaker, Clementine is a short story about Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey and his crew chasing after his stolen airship The Free Crow now named Clementine by it's kidnappers transporting a deadly cargo across the US meanwhile Pinkerton National Detective Agency has sent Confederate Spy and new Agent Marie Isabella Boyd after the Clementine since any bridges she previous had have now been burned.

At a shy 200 pages, this short story expands on the universe Boneshaker intro
Tracy Riva
by Cherie Priest
copyright 2010 by Cherie Priest, published by Subterranean Press, PO Box 190106, Burton, MI 48519 ISBN 978-1-59606-366-2 available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $4.99 for the eBook

Clementine is the second installment set in Cherie Priest’s “Clockwork Century” world. It is a world where the American Civil War still continues, great and terrible machines are being made and the city of Seattle, Washington is walled in and quarantined.
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, steampunk
Clementine is a good example of an "I_DESPERATELY_WANT_TO_BE_A_MOVIE" book.

Let me back up a bit.

Each art-form uses a different medium for a certain reason. Not all movies can be books, not all comics can be made into movies, not all poems can fit into a song, not all paintings can be interpreted as a poem. The basis of making art is finding the most appropriate medium that can help you best express and communicate your idea, story and feelings. Some mediums are affordable, like writing, and som
Scott Firestone
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a nice little aside in the steampunk universe Priest has created. Well, once you get past a few anachronisms, such as someone describing throwing a steamship like a knuckleball...something that was 30 years from being invented, even assuming baseball is a thing here. Still, I like her writing and characters.
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Cherie Priest is the author of two dozen books and novellas, most recently The Toll, The Family Plot, The Agony House, and the Philip K. Dick Award nominee Maplecroft; but she is perhaps best known for the steampunk pulp adventures of the Clockwork Century, beginning with Boneshaker. Her works have been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards for science fiction, and have won the Locus Award (amo ...more

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