Clockwork Heart

Author: Dru Pagliassotti

Publisher: Juno Books

Release Date: April 1, 2008

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5

Format: PRINT

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Dru Pagliassotti makes a stunning debut into the writing world with CLOCKWORK HEART.  The world of Ondinium is caste oriented and powered by machines reminiscent of main-frame computer technology.  That’s not what makes it special, however.  In a world where every cog has a place in the wheel, there are the icarii.  Born of the castes but raised above them, they have the luxury of traveling among the city castes and sectors without restrictions while they deliver messages and packages.

CLOCKWORK HEART centers on an icarus, Taya, who finds herself drawn into a complex plot of murder, intrigue, betrayal, and love that crosses all social boundaries.  The hero of the story is Cristof, a self-imposed exile from the ruling class who is perfectly content repairing watches, or so it seems.

CLOCKWORK HEART is a beautifully written adventure.  The world is so original that it’s a breath of fresh air.  Ms. Pagliassotti creates Ondinium in such a way that it’s as if it’s as clear and easy to relate to as our own.  Every tiny detail is written in with such art as to portray the meaning without cumbersome explanations that detract from the plot and characters.  The author uses brilliant description and vivid characterizations to draw the reader into the story so deeply as to have them feeling the crunch of the road beneath their feet and the wind sweeping beneath metal wings.

This reviewer will say that five isn’t a high enough rating for the brilliance of this book.  Ms. Pagliassotti’s masterful use of language crafts a story that will entertain and make the reader question society as a whole.  Thought provoking and intense, CLOCKWORK HEART is a book to be kept and reread.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Ansley Cooper

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