They are interviewed and released, but decide to team up to continue investigating the accident. Now, obviously this needs to happen, since they are the main characters of the story. However, there was no reason for them to do so. They had no special knowledge, skills or contacts that the police did not have. They had no reason to believe the police incompetent or corrupt. The only reason they did this was because they felt personally involved and they didn't want to stop being personally involved.
Granted, Christof was involved to a point that I could have accepted him deciding to stay involved and then dragging Taya into it, but it happened the other way. Christof was going to step back and Taya insisted on continuing. It was also obvious to me that Alister didn't actually die in the accident - that he staged it so as to free himself to perform nefarious deeds.
The way Taya was constantly not comfortable around him earlier, despite her desire to be comfortable around him, made it pretty good that he was going to do something not-nice.
As soon as he was "dead" it was clear what that not-nice thing was going to be. The book did pick up a bit during the investigation, though the confrontation between Taya and the bad guy went a bit long. The book wrapped up fairly nicely after that.
Except for the fact that there were pages left to go. It turns out that not all the suspicious activity from earlier in the book was related to bad guy 1. So now bad guy 2 steps up for his turn in the plot. I kept going for a while, but the longer that story line went the more I just skimmed until I finally skipped to the last chapter. All of the tension of the book was spent in Ending 1 - there was nothing saved to keep me interested in Ending 2 when it felt like we'd already wrapped up.
The two separate bad guys either needed to be more closely entwined, Ending 1 needed to have been not such a big thing, or the second story line should have been left out altogether. That said, I liked Taya, Christof and the world. It looks like there's a new book in the series either out now or coming soon and despite the flaws of this book I'll give book 2 a try and hope that the writing has improved.
View 2 comments. Aug 03, Maureen E rated it really liked it Shelves: favorite-books , fantasy. The cover art was bad, it seemed like it might veer in a kind of trashy direction.
Anyway, whatever the reasons, I was expecting to read it and not be highly impressed. I was wrong. While it never astounded it me, it was an entirely enjoyable story, with some very well-written bits. I especially enjoyed the by Dru Pagliossotti The story of Taya, the icarus basically just a winged messenger , and the unexpected turns her life takes after she rescues an Exalted.
I especially enjoyed the main characters. And then there was the worldbuilding. It was fantastic. From the first introduction of the city and society I believed it. I believed the caste structure, I believed the language and the different groups which had developed. Pagliossotti sold her creation like crazy. In fact, as much as I enjoyed the story and the characters, I think the worldbuilding was what made the book for me.
I was expecting it to be okay, maybe, and instead I ended up really liking it and immediately going back to re-read the best bits. Enjoyed it again. Characters were both unbelievable and incoherent. They were flat, and sounded way too young for the age and role they portayed, too. In many reviews you'll read how absurd the setup was, and unfortunately I cannot disagree. It takes a lot of strength on an author's writing to pass off a USP delivery guy as a detective, and this is what the author attempted.
She worsened the situation mistaking the role of a diplomat, what the heroine wishes to be. No way she could be one, even in this world where they are merely pawns.
Her complete lack of any sense of political awareness made her very difficult to relate to. She is so much a yes-man to be embarrassing. Unfortunately all of this made me detached and therefore bored for most of the book.
Scenes I would have found great every place else, here I skipped as they watered down the pacing, already not that tight. Mar 31, Audrey rated it really liked it Shelves: re-read , steampunk.
I love the concept of the icarii, the skill set, the outfit and the culture. I love that they live in aeyries together with terrible meddling house-mothers named Gwen. I find the whole Alistair vs Cristof romantic set-up early in the book to be really technically well executed, mainly in that at no point does Pagliasotti whang us over the head with Taya's infatuation with Cristof.
It made me giggle. I love the holistic quality of the metal-related language in the text and how it keeps gently re-tying you back to the theme of the forge: scrap as a swearword, Fireforged as a swearword for exalteds, a slagging pain in the tailset. Also, holy bananas but Alistair was a giant toolbag.
On fire. Anyway, there's this moment as Taya's sneaking out to fly Cristof up to the Council's palace on the cliffs -- for which they could and possibly will both be arrested and charged with murder -- where Taya writes: That morning, she'd done what she could to set up her own advantages.
She'd left a note in Cassi's purse containing Kyle's letter and describing where she was going and why. She didn't know what Cassi would do when she found it, but no icarus flew without filing a flight plan. Don't get me wrong, I love Gottlieb's work. I recognize her anger and her weariness both from the anger and the things that cause it, which in her work at least is so often violence against women, both sexualized and other.
And those three particular poems, which I read at random just before I read about Taya filing a flight plan in her best friend's purse before running off to help this mysterious jackass by doing something illegal that carries with it the risk that she'll be killed. And it made me wonder: why don't we see this type of safety planning more often in books? Is it because we don't want to think about danger when we're indulging in escapist reading?
But heroines in steampunk and other types of books are often imperiled; kidnapped, stabbed, menaced, dropped from airships, or, as here, investigating a crime in a way that could lead to arrest, blinding and death. I don't have an answer. I'm hoping y'all will answer in the comments. It'll come back to me eventually. I just. Yeah I know I know: sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
Very confusing. But is related in a snarky, snarky way. I just can't read this book any longer. It's a really unique and interesting concept but the plot is slower then a sloth climbing up a tree. I find myself becoming more and more reluctant to pick up my Kindle because I have no interest in reading this any farther.
I can see other people greatly enjoying this novel, but unfortunately I'm not one of them. Apr 19, Jai rated it it was amazing. I put it on my books to read list at that point but I wasn't salivating over it like some other books. A couple of weekends ago, my husband and I decided to go for a walk and ended up at Barnes and Noble.
I saw a copy of Clockwork Heart and picked it up. I started reading a few pages. At first some of the terminology confused me. What's a wireferry? I would read for a bit then go back a page or two to reread something to understand a bit better. But the story itself started out in the middle of some action, so I was already interested. The premise: This story starts when a metal car suspended by wires starts to tumble towards the ground as our heroine was stopping nearby for lunch.
Taya is a citizen of Ondinium, a city divided into castes, "Primus for the exalteds; Secundus for the cardinals; and Tertius, for the plebians". Taya herself is an icarus, someone who trained to fly with wings made out of the metal ondium which is lighter than air , and who is allowed to freely pass between the city's sections. She and her kind are messagers as well as trained for search and rescue, so of course Taya jumps into action to help the two passengers in the falling metal car.
This chance encounter pushes Taya into the world of the exalteds and soon she is caught up in betrayals and political plots happening within the city. In particular, Taya is sucked into the world of two brothers - Cristof and Alister Forlore. By page 20 I was hooked. I could not stop reading! And how did I miss Angie's pimping it too?
She only put it on her best of list! I really chastized myself for not having this book on my radar earlier. What I really loved was the world building. I have a very basic idea of steampunk so I came into this book with no expectations and was just blown away at the images of Ondinium while I was reading this book - from a city with winding, intricate streets, to the costumes of members of the different castes, and all the little nooks and crannies in between like the interesting things in Alister's crowded, paper filled office and in Cristof's watch shop.
I also enjoyed the idea of card-punch computing old-school! It was fantastic! The cherry on the top of all this was the slow moving romance that did not take over the book and worked alongside the mystery of what is going on in Ondinium. The only negatives I can think of for this story were very minor. One was that at times I ran into a few typos like repeated phrases next to each other and missing words. I'm not really the most observant person about this type of thing so when I do catch it I figure others will.
The other comment I had was on the ending well there was a really satisfying HEA for the romance, but the mystery part somehow didn't tie up to my complete satisfaction.
The reveal was a bit of a surprise when I mull this over I think that perhaps I was distracted by red herrings thrown in by the author , and yet WHY also didn't fully make sense to me. Maybe I expected to understand the reasons for the villains' actions more fully than was presented.
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