Clockwork Skies book 1, Secrets
by J. Cunningham
Down with the Braelish empire and its monopolizing king! The countries and names in the book seem to be written using euphemistic titles and people that loosely reflect from our own world. At times I found this very entertaining. It also makes it easier to visualize the people when so many different people are being introduced.
The king wants more control…more power. There is a betrayel. Murder. Romance. Robots. Aliens. What more could you ask for?
Grayson’s Gefling servant may not have social skills but he’s a puzzle genius and with his help they have broken codes for info needed in their underground slave movement. Even though Grayson has a Gefling servant, the little creature is more of a family member than anything else. Little Gelton, the servant, actually breaks codes for his master. Only, he thinks he is playing games.
Sweet little Gefling, Mia, takes care of Gelton. They are finally dating yay because Mia has been waiting years. But then there’s a murder and walrus for dinner and things just fall apart. Especially when there’s a clockwork army to deal with, but they are only working on first generation processors.
There are colorful new cultures and alliances to be found. Blue-skinned, pale-skinned –can’t we all just get along?
I’ve never read a steampunk novel before so this was a treat. The way it reads is like a murder/mystery. Short, clear and concise writing style. Very few formatting OR editing flaws (none I found that made it distracting). It’s very matter-of-fact story telling which has a tendency to keep a reader engaged. The story moved along fast and each new character addition added to a slow pile of amazing characters that I can somehow actually visualize.
I had forgotten to review this so I feel like I should skim it again before leaving a review but it’s good enough that I gifted one to my sister. It’s one of the better books I’ve read in a while.