The Clockwork Crown

Harper Voyager. (Clockwork Dagger, Bk. 2). May 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780062313980. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062313997. FANTASY
After escaping from Wasters in The Clockwork Dagger, Octavia Leander and Alonzo Garrett have made their way to the tech-savvy Southern states. People there sneer at Octavia's belief in the Lady and the Tree, but her powers of healing and her affinity with the Tree are growing to an alarming degree. Everything leads to a search for the original Tree, deep in the Wastes, and Alonzo and Octavia face opposition from all sides as they struggle to reach the Tree and figure out what's happening to Octavia.
VERDICT Romantic and full of nonstop adventure, this latest series entry will satisfy fans of both steampunk and more traditional fantasy. Cato doesn't stint on the worldbuilding but always keeps the focus on her richly developed characters. Besides the immensely appealing central couple, there is a full cast of allies and villains who keep things moving.
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