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The Clockwork Wolf (Disenchanted & Co. Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Lynn Viehl
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As the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. in a steampunk version of America, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living solving magical crimes. But when a snobbish lady begs for help, saving her reputation might very well cost Kit her life.

Doing a favor for deathmage Lucien Dredmore, Kit agrees to interview a newly widowed lady as a potential client. Upon meeting, however, she learns that the woman in question is none other than Lady Eugenia Bestly, president of the Rumsen Ladies Decency Society— someone who once led a vicious campaign to ruin Kit’s life. Ironically Lady Bestly now lives in fear herself, for the press is about to unmask her husband as the savage “Wolfman” who died while terrorizing the city.

As monstrous rampages continue to occur, Kit soon determines there is more than one Wolfman, and that they may themselves be victims of evil players. While avoiding both mechanized assassins and attempts by Dredmore and Chief Inspector Tom Doyle to take her under their protection, Kit follows a tangled path that leads from a prestigious gentlemen’s club fronting a hellish secret to a vengeful native tribe and dangerous, ancient magics.

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Viehl is a master of high action, bloody drama . . . and true love. --Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series

About the Author

Since 2000, Lynn Viehl has published fifty novels in nine genres, including her New York Times bestselling Darkyn series, the StarDoc science fiction series (as S.L. Viehl), and the Tales from Grace Chapel Inn series (as Rebecca Kelly).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (25 Feb. 2014)
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very unique 8 May 2014
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I have read many books from this author but really enjoyed the storyline and characters in this series of books which are very different from her previous books. I actually think the Clockwork Wolf series to be a better storyline and very unique.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Clockwork Wolf Review 3 Mar. 2014
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The second novel in the Disenchanted & Co. series is intriguing and magical. The world is fascinating and the book is an enjoyable read and I have decided that I like this novel better than I did the first one, but I still like the Darkyn series better.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This series is a little zany, completely imaginative, and totally charming. 31 Mar. 2014
By Bookaholics Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Clockwork Wolf by Lynn Viehl
Paranormal Romance -Feb. 25th, 2014
4 1/2 stars

The Clockwork Wolf is the second book in the author’s new Steampunk series about a female detective with some hidden powers of her own. It is not strictly necessary to have read the first book but it does make for a more satisfying read.

In this story, female detective Charmain Kittredge is asked by her romantic interest, the deathmage, Lucien Dredmore to help a Lady Bestly. Unfortunately, the pompous and pious Lady Bestly is responsible for making Charmain’s life a living hell when she was starting out in the city. But Charmain is above revenge and decides to accept the case. Apparently Lady Bestly wants to investigate her husband, Lord Bestly. She fears he was the dreaded Wolfman. The Wolfman was responsible for causing havoc and destruction in the city. If true, this would bring scandal to her name and she would be an branded an outcast by society. But is seems that there are suddenly numerous Wolfmen. Who has created them and how are they related? When a good friend is transformed, Charmain must turn to desperate means but can she save her friends and the city before it is too late?

Entertaining and wildly inventive, I hope the author keeps this series going. The heroine is spunky, clever and fearless. This irresistible combination gets her into lots of trouble and it is guaranteed fun to read how she solves the mystery. However, because this book is set in a fantasy, alternate world the answers are anything but tame or usual. Mechanized men, werewolves, and secret underground tunnels are par for the course and they keep this lively book an amusing read. The secondary characters add dimension to the story. In fact, they are so fascinating that they could easily have their own storylines. I particularly like the mysterious deathmage and wily ghost Harry who seems to always have something up his sleeve.

This series is a little zany, completely imaginative, and totally charming.

Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars 25 Feb. 2014
By Kimberly - Published on Amazon.com
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Magic meets mechanization in Lynn Viehl’s wonderfully inventive The Clockwork Wolf. The fast-paced, engaging second installment of the Disenchanted & Co. series lives up to its predecessor as readers follow Kit on a new investigation, one that takes readers deeper into the world of Toriana, delves further into Aramanthan mythology, and introduces us to “native magic.”

The Clockwork Wolf picks up not long after the first book in the series, Disenchanted & Co., left off. Kit, a dispeller who didn’t believe in magic until very recently, is adjusting to her changing world view while still making her living solving crimes and avoiding the occasional attack on her person. I love Kit. She’s an independent woman in a time and place where said independence is frowned upon. While she isn’t perfect, Kit is loyal, honorable, clever, and overall simply a character who commands respect from readers, if not from the society she lives in.

And speaking of that society, Toriana (The Provincial Union of Victoriana) is an alternate-history version of America, one where the Revolutionary War was lost. Kit lives in Rumsen (roughly equivalent to San Francisco) and from the nobs on the Hill to the prostitutes on the street, people are being terrorized by the Wolfmen, supernatural steampunk predators created by a mysterious force. It’s up to Kit to discover who is making the Wolfmen, how they’re doing it, and why…all while managing to stay alive and out of police custody. I won’t spoil what happens, but suffice it to say Kit’s case takes readers on an exciting journey. I was fascinated by the Wolfmen and the intricacies of the steampunk elements Ms. Viehl threads into the story, and I was on the edge of my proverbial seat for much of the book as Kit faced danger time and again.

Though The Clockwork Wolf isn’t a romance, there definitely are strong romantic elements. Deathmage Lucien Dredmore once again joins forces with Kit on her case (whether she wants his help or not) and he continues to pursue her romantically. I flat-out love Lucien and Kit together. They complement each other in terms of skills, and when it comes to their budding relationship their personalities both mesh and clash in the most entertaining ways. Every scene they’re in together ratchets up the energy level of the book. That being said, Ms. Viehl does introduce a love triangle element, as Chief Inspector Tom Doyle steps up to become a major player for Kit’s affections. I hate to say it, but what happens between Tom and Kit near the end of the story cast a slight pall over my enjoyment of the book. I’ll be the first to admit I’m not overly fond of love triangles, and that should be noted, seeing as my aversion is not one universally shared. But though Ms. Viehl makes it clear why Kit is drawn to her childhood friend, the all-too-perfect Tommy Doyle simply doesn’t carry the same charismatic appeal as the utterly compelling Lucien Dredmore. Lucien emanates power, but has a hint of vulnerability which breaks your heart at unexpected moments. And, as previously mentioned, there’s no duplicating the chemistry he and Kit have; the banter between them is a big part of why I enjoy the Disenchanted & Co. stories so much.

The Clockwork Wolf is a novel that defies strict characterization. It’s steampunk, alternate history, urban fantasy, and romance all woven together to create one engrossing book. If you haven’t read Disenchanted & Co., I recommend doing so before beginning The Clockwork Wolf, or at least reading the glossary. There’s a lot to take in as far as world-building goes, but Ms. Viehl does it so expertly that you don’t really notice, as you’re immersed in Kit’s world. I highly recommend The Clockwork Wolf – it’s an exciting adventure penned by a phenomenally talented author, and I cannot wait to see where Ms. Viehl takes Kit next!

Kimberly
Review courtesy of Wit and Sin
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: The Clockwork Wolf 25 Feb. 2014
By Jen Twimom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rating: A Loved It
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
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Welcome to the utterly fascinating and fantastic world of Disenchanted & Co. Ms. Viehl's series is set in an alternate timeline world where the colonies did not win the Revolutionary War and are now the Provincial Union of Victoria. Times are hard, and society supports a wealthy class, a working class, and a group of undesirables. Native Americans have some rights, but are still looked down upon as native heathens. Women – especially ones like Kit who are trying to make it on their own – are on the lowest rung of society.

The Clockwork Wolf opens sometime after the events of the previous story, with Kit having "just another day" running her company, Disenchanted & Co. She is considered the top dispeller of magic, albeit evil by some, even though until very recently she did not even believe in magic. Kit is propositioned by Lord Dredmore to do some sensitive investigative work for one of his clients, the very wealthy Lady Eugenia Bestly. Lord Bestly recently transformed into a wolfman, and after murdering innocents, dies a gruesome death. Since he isn’t the only man to suffer this fate, it's up to Kit to find out why.

While I feel one could enjoy The Clockwork Wolf as a stand alone, I do not recommend it. Although the author does a great job filling in what occurred in the prior book during various conversations, the world-building, which is accomplished in the first book Disenchanted & Co., is an integral part of the story and series. Reading both books creates a much richer experience. In addition, Ms. Viehl is one of the best storytellers around, and the first book is worth the read on its own merits. Just be warned that this review does contain spoilers from the first book.

Kit Kittredge is one of my favorite heroines. She is smart and extremely clever, all during a period when proper women shouldn’t be. Kit’s witty humor within the pages of this book made me smile on several occasions. Kit is also stubborn, giving her the edge when standing toe-to-toe with men who would crush her. She is fiercely loyal, surrounding herself with friends that share the same characteristics. Yet she is calm and kind, even in the face of ridicule. Also, having recently discovered that she is descended from an ancient race of immortal beings, and her grandfather is Merlin himself, Kit is learning to accept the magic around her and how to hone her own latent skills. This adds complexity to her already dynamic character. All of these traits combine to create a charismatic heroine whom I adore and enjoy.

Although I wouldn’t classify this story as a romance novel, there is a touch of eros woven throughout the story, creating a well-rounded and balanced tale. Unfortunately, due to a time-travel incident in the first book, Lord Lucien Dredmore does not recall the bonds he formed with Kit, yet he feels in his heart they share a past. As someone privy to this knowledge, my heart ached for the loss of what the pair once shared. However, Ms. Viehl expertly weaves in the romance, creating an undeniable chemistry between the twosome.
It is evident that the intricacies of the overall plot were well thought-out, with each scene contributing to the whole. Trying to solve the mysteries surrounding the wolfmen from beginning to end created an engaging and engrossing story. The supporting characters each add to the richness of the story; creating interesting tales in and among themselves, but also affording Kit the opportunity to shine as a heroine. I have quickly come to care about each of the characters. I dare say this book is a near perfect read.

I only had a couple of very minor issues with the book; for example, there seem to be a few inconsistencies with who knows what about Kit’s true nature and the alternate past before time travel. My biggest issue with the story is that Ms. Viehl employs a "plot device" that I really do not like in stories (sorry, not going to say what so that I don’t give away anything). But as a testament to her mad storytelling skills, I was able to put aside my concern rather swiftly and even come around to almost appreciate what she did. This also happened in the first book. I hate using time-travel to repair and make right the direction of a story. Yet, I found that I adored Disenchanted & Co. despite my misgivings with time-travel. Ms. Viehl is just that good.

In the end, I consumed The Clockwork Wolf with a fierceness. I enjoyed all of its ups and downs, twists and turns. I found the substantial forward progress with regards to Kit’s character and her place in society completely rewarding. The plot itself was engrossing and the conclusion satisfying, even though there are some significant questions left unanswered. Kit and Dredmore’s romance, while not the focus of the story, added heart and created a deeper emotional tie to the characters. The ending left me craving the next story and dying to know what is up next for Kit and the gang.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clockwork Wolfmen 10 Jun. 2014
By Aurian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I really loved book 1 in this series, and could not wait long to dive into book two. But now I am sad because I just found out, it will be the last one in the series for now. The sales are not high enough for the publisher’s taste. Still, I love Lynn Viehl’s books and I will follow her in whatever she is working on now.

After saving the city in the previous books, life is going well for Kit. She has enough work to keep both her and her grandfather busy. She also still has two suitors whom she does not want to give into. Lord Lucien Dreadmore who is a death mage, and Inspector Dom Doyle, who wants to marry her and have her life with his parents on their farm just outside of the city. Kit doesn’t think either one of them will let her do her job without interfering. But she likes both of them. Until of course they say or do something that puts up her hackles. Men.
Lord Dredmore wants Kit to do a favor for a client of his, not knowing what this woman has done to her, years ago. But Kit is bigger than holding a grudge, and is determined to help Lady Bestly when she finds out her secret. If the ton finds out that her husband was the infamous Wolfman, raping females in town and killing randomly, she will be ostracized from society immediately. And if she does not remarry in two months, she will lose her fortune and house to the next male heir in line. A female cannot inherit from her husband, no matter it was her dowry first. (America is still owned by England in this series, they lost the war).

Kit promises to investigate, and refuses Lord Dredmore’s help. But something was wrong in Lady Bestly’s marriage, even though she claims her husband was perfect. It does not appear as if he was living there, except in his study. The only lead Kit has is to his gentleman’s club, a place where she as a female is certainly not welcome.

But danger follows Kit wherever she goes, as more Wolfmen show up, and Kit is almost raped herself, trying to safe a trolley full of women and children. It is then that she discovers the Wolfmen are part mechanical, and even in the hospital, she wants to investigate further. Lucky her good friend Docket knows the morgue doctor, and he introduces them. The good man is horrified that Kit wants to see the bodies, but he is also impressed with her knowledge of the mechanicals inside of them. One of the bodies is still ticking though ...

When Kit gets attacked again in the hospital, Inspector Doyle wants to take her into his protective custody. But a Native infiltrates the police station, secretly helping Kit heal her arm with his magic. Why does he keep calling her Little Fox?
And how is it possible that all the women who reported the rape, are pregnant? And how many more have never dared to report any attack on them? How many on the Hill, as most of the Wolfman turn out to be the missing men from the upper society ... After all, a husband cannot legally rape his own wife ...

A very complicated plot for Kit and her grandfather Merlin to unravel, with the help of Dredmore and the Inspector, a lot of surprises and intriguing plot lines. I enjoyed the inclusion of the Natives in this book, and finding out a tiny little bit more about them. Again one of the Aramanthans is behind it all, but Kit does not intend to give up, even if it may cost her her own life ...
And someone else keeps sending her little packages, automatons with bombs inside, trying to kill her.

I loved this story very much, and if I was Kit, I would not be able to choose between her two suitors either, and I think I would like to live my own life instead of being a wife who has to obey her husband in everything. There are so many great secondary characters in these books, who add lots of flavour to the story. The old Gert, who keeps believing that Kit is evil, but whose magics don’t work on Kit at all. Docket, the engineer and inventor who lives in the basement of Kit’s office building, and who is always working on nifty gadgets. Kits’ two best friends, one a rich modiste, the other a rich madam. It is a very motley crew, and I love their interactions with Kit.

The mystery was awesome, filled with suspense and intrigue, and I never would have been able to foresee what was happening on the next page. I am really enjoying this mixture of historical mystery with steampunk and great lifelike characters.

9 stars.


© 2014 Reviews by Aurian </p>

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting alternate America steampunk adventure 1 Mar. 2014
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Clockwork Wolf
Lynn Viehl
Pocket, Feb 25 2014, $7.99
ISBN 9781476722375

In Toriana, Deathmage Lucien Dredmore asks, demands being more accurate, that Disenchanted & Co. dispeller Charmian "Kit" Kittredge interview and protect wealthy widow Lady Eugenia Bestly. The president of the Rumsen Ladies Decency Society, Bestly needs protection from those who will come after her once the media releases the news that she is the affluent arrogant surviving spouse of Terrence the savage Wolfman. Ironically, Kit is one of those less fortunate Lady Bestly tried to destroy for being indecent.

Lady Bestly insists someone used magic to turn her docile caring husband into the vile lethal Wolfman. Kit makes inquiries into the creation of these feral wolf-men with assistance from her BFF Eagle's Nest brothel owner Carina Eagle, her longtime buddy and self-anointed protector New Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Tommy Doyle, and Harry her grandfather the ghost; also accompanying her while ordering her about is the dreaded deathmage Dredmore. At the same the creator observes her progress and prepares to destroy this interfering dispeller and her allies.

The latest Her Ladyship's Curse steampunk adventure (see Disenchanted & Co.) is an exciting alternate vision of America in which M&M is not candy or the 1960's Yankees, but instead magic and mechanical gizmos. Fast-paced with a fascinating emerging romantic threesome, fans will enjoy Kit's tour of Lynn Viehl's dark San Francisco (Rumsen) though the excessive cast makes it difficult to keep track as to who's who especially early on.

Harriet Klausner
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