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A Clockwork Heart (Chronicles of Light and Shadow) Mass Market Paperback – 25 Feb 2014

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reissue edition (25 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345548272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345548276
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,040,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "A Clockwork Heart"
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""A Clockwork Heart" is a delightful read and should appeal to readers who enjoy a mix of steampunk and magic."--"Badass Book Reviews"
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"Enjoyable . . . will leave you begging for book three."--"More Than Just Magic"
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"The ending will totally leave you breathless and reeling."--"Gizmo's Reviews"

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A thrilling new Steampunk adventure in the Chronicles of Light and Shadow. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
To be honest for me, this book felt a little flat, the storyline wasn’t really that sure on where it was going and when the reader looks deeper into the overall arc, it felt that a few things were added to bulk the book out rather than something dynamic and to the point. What occurred within was a tale that whilst Steampunk could easily have been any sort of UF type of tale out there which also felt that the reader was being treated with kid gloves almost as if the author had to quickly get it dealt with due to deadlines.

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I loved the first book in this series, with its absinthe fairies and intriguingly developed world, so I was more than happy to head back to the struggle between the scientific Light and magical Shadow. However, I did find this book a little hard to get into at the beginning, mostly because of Elle. I don’t remember her being quite so much of a brat. The way she treats Marsh at the start is so childish, she’s all me, me, me, I don’t want to do this, oh, my husband has all the money, oh, what a chore it is to be a viscountess, as if she’s actually given up anything for their marriage, while Marsh gave up everything. Yes, there are underlying issues about how they met and everything that happened in the first book, but Elle got on my nerves so much I very nearly stopped reading.

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.
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By Quicksilver TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 May 2015
Format: Paperback
I posted this review on on 8/5/2015. It's a review of the entire 'Chronicles of Light and Shadow' series. I received review copies of each of the three books.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I enjoyed the first one enormously, but this one had a harder, creepier edge. It will also break your heart, Liesel has found the sense of agony in grief that rings true on the page. The steampunk is blended with fantasy and has rich, complex relationships through it. A great read.
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