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Clockwork Boys

Clocktaur War, Book 1
Lu par : Khristine Hvam
Série : Clocktaur War, Volume 1
Durée : 7 h et 40 min
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A paladin, an assassin, a forger, and a scholar ride out of town. It's not the start of a joke, but rather an espionage mission with deadly serious stakes. T. Kingfisher's new novel begins the tale of a murderous band of criminals (and a scholar), thrown together in an attempt to unravel the secret of the Clockwork Boys, mechanical soldiers from a neighboring kingdom that promise ruin to the Dowager's city.

If they succeed, rewards and pardons await, but that requires a long journey through enemy territory, directly into the capital. It also requires them to refrain from killing each other along the way! At turns darkly comic and touching, Clockwork Boys puts together a broken group of people trying to make the most of the rest of their lives as they drive forward on their suicide mission.

©2017 Ursula Vernon (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 06/08/2019

Enjoyable, entertaining adventure

Slate is a forger and thief, Brenner an assassin, Sir Caliban a former knight-champion of the Dreaming God. In that capacity, he killed or exorcised, depending on circumstances, demons who had possessed people or animals. Then he got careless and a demon possessed him,and it was exorcised, but not until after he'd killed eight temple nuns. They're all condemned criminals, but they've been offered pardons and rewards if they can successfully complete a mission to Anuket City, to find a wayto defeat the Clockwork Boys, giant centaur-like creatures apparently made out of machine parts, who are ravaging the countryside and threatening the kingdom that, however questionable their characters, our three criminals are subjects of. Slate, possibly because she's the most stable and educated of the three (Brenner may be stable, but not all that educated, and Caliban may be far more educated, but it's not at all clear he's stable), is in charge of this little group. But they're not going to Anuket City alone. They'll have a scholar with them. Learned Edmund is outraged to learn that he's not going to command the mission. He's the one that has the most information about the Clockwork Boys, after all, and the ability read the journal of a scholar who's going missing, if they ever find it and him. Sadly, he's also a nineteen-year-old boy, a dedicat of a the ragingly misogynistic cult of the Many-Armed God, and has no idea how to conduct such an expedition. Learned Edmund is compelled, eventually, to accept this unwelcome piece of reality. This is in many ways your basic "misfit comrades on a mission." What's different is Kingfisher's skill at drawing interesting, compelling characters. They are all, including Learned Edmund, weirdly likable characters, and for all the varying backgrounds and levels of education, there's a lot of wit, here. In many ways, the most fascinating part of this book are the characters and their interrelationships, and their responses to what they encounter along the way. This is the first half of the story, but the second half, The Wonder Engine, is also available. I'm looking forward to that. Highly recommended. I bought this audiobook.

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  • Michael Honan
  • 21/09/2019

fun book

I always give a book five stars if I like enjoyed it. I dont have any deep insights. The reader did a good job and the story was enjoyable but it is just the first book. I wouldn't say this is a cliff hanger by any means but the story is unfinished and I look forward to reading the rest of it.

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  • Oeyvind
  • 11/12/2019

Too slow

If T. Kingfisher wrote The Lord of the Rings, Frodo wouldn't have left the Shire before the end of the 3rd book. Clockwork Boys consists of so many detail with so little importance. Like a long segment of how they couldn't get of their horses. It was so slow that started day-dreaming about other stuff while listening. And I really liked the books premise. The undertaking and the mysterious clockwork boys are great. The writing sentence by sentence is also good. But it's just so many details which should have been left out. The result is a really slow paced book. I lasted 2,5 hours before I had to stop.

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  • Ijw
  • 28/12/2019

a joy to find

First if you're expecting steampunk, you might find this book disappointing. It is a first-rate fantasy. There are villainous creatures made of something like a clockwork mechanism but the book does not revolve around making up steam powered mechanical alternatives to household items, or hot air balloons, or ether powered guns. This part of the story is a travelogue that ends at the destination. Our heros travel by horse and mule, and fight with knife and sword. This book is the bonding part of of an unlikely troop on an unlikely mission . While the trope is familiar, the story is original The next book I expect will get into the fulfillment of their mission. In this time of cookie cutter bloodletting fantasy, sure is nice to find a fantasy with a story; a story that's actually intriguing with interesting characters and fantastical happenings that don't blow readers out of the book, too disbelieving to enjoy the story. Not to say there isn't a fair share of bloodletting. Looking forward to the sequel.

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  • KiMark
  • 30/10/2020

good trope, great world

great world building in the quest trope. really enjoyed the performance. she has an expressive voice and a noir meets humor delivery

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  • Nathan T. Wilson
  • 11/10/2020

Pretty good start to a romance, but not great

I love most of T Kingfisher's books, but this one fell a little flat for me. I think it's because there's a little over-reflection for my tastes (You know, when you're constantly hearing both sides of internal monologues, without much actually happening) Don't get me wrong, this book does go places, and the characters have some great adventures, but then a good 20 pages are spent with both main characters mentally reacting to those adventures in great detail that makes the book feel a little slow at times. She also uses a few basic romance novel cliches that felt like they didn't quite fit here, because she definitely wrote a premise for some unique cool characters, but then they started doing things that don't make sense for their characters. Like rival men throwing away all reason in order to have a fight about their pride, and needing the woman to break it up. As spoiler light as I can manage, but the scene where: Not 5 minutes after escaping from a couple near-death experiences, and then the paladin gets mad at the assassin for killing a bad person, but not doing it right for some reason? And they're about to fight about it while enemies are still close by? These characters have already shown way more sense than this previously, It felt like it was thrown in just so the female could get exasperated at them and make them stop, and provide some more opportunity for reflection. But, besides that quibble, it was still a fun adventure about a party on a cool suicide mission, and the group dynamics they had to deal with on the way. I haven't read the second book yet, and Kingfisher is such a strong writer that I have no doubt the second book will have a satisfying conclusion. The voice actor did a great job reading it, I had no complaints with that.

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  • ByEqualMeasure - julie
  • 03/07/2020

A wonderful Adventure

if you're looking for a good Adventure tale then I highly recommend the Clockwork Boys.

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  • CrazyAunt
  • 14/05/2020

Great fantasy and different from most!

Looking forward to the rest of the series! Can't help but root for the odd group to accomplish what they set out to do.

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  • Daniel
  • 06/02/2020

Rich weird world building, slightly cheesy characters

This is a visually rich fantasy world, if sometimes a little arbitrary. The characters though, and their canned one-liners grate after a while

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20/01/2020

Enjoyable

A bit strange, but mostly fun and light hearted. The characters are likable, the plot is fun. The world and style are a bit simplistic, it feels kinda like a YA book. Either way, I gulped it up. And moving on to the next installment.