Author: Jordan Elizabeth Mierek
Published Date: January 25th 2016
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother’s neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.
Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags’ swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.
Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.
What a fantastic middle grade/young adult steampunk fantasy!! I found myself heavily immersed in the world that Mierek has built. She followed her own code and made it happen. Like most first in series, first book or introduction to the world type of book, I did find myself taking more time reading the beginnings, BUT only so I don’t get lost.
In this book, Edna, the main character suspects something is odd with her brother’s necklace and snatches it from his neck. In doing so, she releases whatever “magic” is held within the necklace that makes her brother a “boy.” With her mind racing between what happened to her brother and what is she going to do now, she runs headlong into a lowly servant and thief who explains to her what a Cogling is. A machine that replaces the human, while the human is forced to work in factories. With the help of Ike, they try to save her brother, form a bond and uncover a coup by a mysterious group to start a rebellion. OK, Breath! It’s a lot, but once you get into the book, it zooms to the end in no time.
If you love steampunk and fantasy, this is the book for you. I do hope to see another glimmer of this world. It was intricately built, and I am interested to see if Mierek sophomore release will hold a candle to the first!!
4 Stars and a tip of the Nerd Girl hat!!
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