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When the surgeon who provided her with a clockwork heart is put on trial for murder, Penny Farthing's parents are kidnapped and Penny and her brother receive a ransom note demanding the research her parents kept on the procedures of her surgery.
Publisher: Skyscape 2014
ISBN: 9781477825297
Characteristics: 270 pages


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bwortman Mar 15, 2017

A rollicking good read. Mantchev creates a wonderful steampunk world in which to let her characters loose. While the first half of the novel feels a bit breakneck in its pace as one calamity after another arises, the book is never dull. Penny and her crew of friends are a delightful bunch and while the plot moves along so quickly that character development becomes a secondary concern, they aren't just stick figures on which to hang fantastic Victorian costumes and impressive steampunk weapons. I also enjoyed that the minor paranormal element that's included in the novel is in line with the Victorian era's obsession with seances and mesmerism. A completely fun read that I highly recommend whether you're a steampunk fan or have never encountered the genre before.

Feb 04, 2015

I rather enjoyed this quick Steampunk read. Great ideas in the world building.

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