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10 February 2022

Book Review: Clockwork Magpies by Emma Whitehall - AD *Gifted

I received a free copy of Clockwork Magpies by Emma Whitehall ahead of release. And boy was I excited to read it!

To be honest, I was sold the moment I read the tagline. A northern steampunk adventure? Sign me right up. Clockwork Magpies was everything I anticipated and more. And you can bet that I bought my very own copy on release day too.

Clockwork Magpies by Emma Whitehall A Northern Steampunk Adventure

By day, Ida is a quiet, standoffish maid in the employ of spoiled Lucinda Belmote. By night, she is the infamous sneak thief known as the Rat Prince, terrorising the wealthy inhabitants of Loxport; especially Lucinda’s lecherous suitor, Lord Devon Casterbury.

Soon the boundaries between her dual lives begin to blur, as her mask begins to drop around a delightful waitress and a charming jeweller who both insist on befriending Ida. All the while she is thrust into a conflict surrounding new and dangerous materials that could upend the order of the city, land her behind bars or worse: in Lord Casterbury’s employ.

A thrilling romp through the Steampunk city of Loxport, Clockwork Magpies is a story of found family, crimes plotted over tea and scones, and the sinister power of glowing gemstones.

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5 Word Review: Northern, science, friendship, steampunk, crime.

Make yourself a pot of tea, cut yourself a slice of cake, and cosy up for one heck of an adventure.

Straight from the off, I loved Ida. I loved her drive and her secrets, the way she balanced both of her lives. I loved how she cared for her employer Lucinda, and the mutual respect between them.

You know that trope of oblivious-queer-girl? Ida is one oblivious girl, and I loved the flirting efforts of those around her. The slow build of friendship between Ida and Edith was so lovely, if taught with tension at times. Then there's Clem, seemingly always there and guessing her secrets.

I loved the "generally northern" setting. And I'm not gonna lie, I totally imagined a lot of it as Newcastle. I imagined Albertian Plaza a lot like Newcastle's Exhibition Park, the exhibition space was the Hancock Museum of my memories before it was modernised. I loved the northern turns of phrase and how it meant I was even more enveloped by the world.

The only bad thing about this book was that it left me wanting more. Clockwork Magpies was SUCH A ROMP in the best of ways, a page-turner that I couldn't put down. I loved the action, the fast pace, the way it tugged at my heart-strings.

This book would be absolutely perfect for fans of Six of Crows and Gail Carriger's Finishing School series. I want more Rat Prince adventures, especially now that Ida doesn't have to hide quite so much.


1 comment:

  1. This was such a great read. I loved it and also can't wait for more.


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