A Clockwork Heart: Chronicles of Light and Shadow (Chronicles of Light & Shadow 2) Hardcover – 8 Aug 2013
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"The soon-to-be high-priestess of British steampunk" (The Independent)
"Inventive, lush and full of heart, The Chronicles of Light and Shadow are books to be devoured. Schwarz is a force to be reckoned with" (George Mann)
A thrilling new Steampunk adventure in the Chronicles of Light and Shadow.See all Product Description
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Add to this a lead character that didn’t gel with me, a villain that never really reached full potential and all round I was very disappointed with this offering. A great shame.
Which would have been a shame, because there’s so much else going on in this book that’s worth reading about beyond the domestic drama. Clockwork zombies. Really, there’s not much more that needs to be said. A shadowy Consortium is planning to take over the world, and they’re using a powerful Shadow creature, Clothilde, to see it through. Clothilde is old and arrogant and powerful, not to mention utterly without conscience as she goes about her task. The zombies are chilling enough without her hanging around to make things worse. Then Marsh gets involved, and things take an even darker, sadder twist.
What starts out as Elle’s growing pains, soon turns part mystery, part investigation, then becomes a race against time to solve the mystery and save the day. I’ll admit there were some times when I wanted to shout at Elle to do this or that, when she seemed to be moving – and thinking – too slowly, but mostly this is a compelling read, dragging the readers further into this clever world the author has created.Read more ›
Steampunk. Queen Victoria, airships, and steam. Men who want to be Sherlock Holmes. Feisty women, often in jodhpurs. Fog. I've read good steampunk and I've read terrible steampunk. Because it's a heavily stylized genre, some authors seem to think you can throw a few tropes together and make a decent novel. The Chronicles of Light and Shadow by British author Liesel Schwarz, fits firmly into the "good" category. The setting is a fairly typical cogwheels and carriages environment, but the novels have a fresh originality that many of their counterparts lack.
Whilst there's no Holmes or Queen Victoria, Schwarz does employ steam, airships, and a feisty lead female. She also manages to blend in vampires, fairies, and fortune telling; pirates, warlocks, and clockwork hearts. Better still, rather than being confined to the fog-bound streets of London like most steampunk novels, Schwarz's characters take in Paris, Vienna, Constantinople, San Francisco, and even Cambodia. It's these varied settings that set the The Chronicles of Light and Shadow apart from the pack.
The trouble starts with precious cargo. Eleanor (Elle) Chance is asked to smuggle a special package to London. She is attacked, immediately after leaving the Parisian absinthe bar where she picked up her cargo. Elle barely escapes with her life, but her bag is stolen, and, along with it, the precious secret she was meant to deliver. The game is afoot!
The three novels follow Elle in the aftermath of the theft that changed her life. She is a strong central character. As an airship pilot, Elle is a woman in a man's world.Read more ›
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Devoured this book within a couple of days, couldn't put it down!Published 12 months ago by Mrs Tiggy
The second book in the trilogy was as exciting as the first one. As a reader, I had no problem in picturing this fantastic, unknown world and I felt part of the story as the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by S. Callejo Paterson
Picking up where “A Conspiracy of Alchemists” leaves off,” A clockwork heart” is slightly darker than the previous book but just as delicious. Read morePublished on 23 July 2014 by Robyn K