Genre: Steampunk, Young Adult, Supernatural
Published by Curiosity Quills Press
Release date: January 25th, 2016
When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother’s neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.
Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags’ swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.
Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.
This book is a part of a Review Tour presented by Curiosity Quills.
Jordan Elizabeth has a way of depicting creepy scenes so wonderfully. She takes an idea, makes it her own and creates an entirely new world. This is a prime example, a tale full of hags [witches,] Nix, Ogres, and dragons! This isn’t your typical Steampunk.
Edna Mathers discovers something horrifying, her little brother has been replaced by a Cogling and she must find him. Hags have him and what they use him as well as other children happens to be equally eerie. They’re used in a factory to knit their dreams into powerful blessings and spells.
Along the way she finds an unlikely friend named Ike and a new journey begins as Ike promises to help her, but Ike has some secrets that he’s keeping from her.
This story really is imaginative and I adore the wicked haunting quality to it, but there were some issues I had, too. Edna doesn’t seem to be like a fifteen-year-old, rather she comes across as a twelve-year-old. I had this issue with Elizabeth’s other story, Escape from Witchwood Hollow. She doesn’t make it believable that she is older as Edna comes across as immature as a whole.
The other aspect of it that I found a little trying was that there was constantly a mention of the evil inside of Edna and even on page 215 you have yet to see what said evil is. You don’t find out until oh the last 20ish pages. I felt like we could have done away with the repetitive mention of this, because while yes it does add a question as to what it is, it also adds frustration because you constantly are on the verge of learning only to have it snapped away.
The end seemed a bit rushed, but there are twists and turns that had me sitting back in my chair going “Huh?!”
All in all, this is a fairly adventurous read, fun and goes by relatively quickly.
Definitely recommended for those who enjoy a supernatural twist on Steampunk.
Jordan Elizabeth, formally Jordan Elizabeth Mierek, writes down her nightmares in order to live her dreams. With an eclectic job history of working as a college professor; historic costumed interpreter at Fort Stanwix, Victorian Leisure Fair, and Mayfaire on the Green; office specialist; sales clerk; election inspector; and trainer, she is now diving into the world of author. It happens to be her favorite one. When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog, Kissed by Literature. Jordan is the president of the Utica Writers Club and maintains JordanElizabethMierek.com.
She roams Central New York, but she loves to travel. A great deal of time has been spent in a rural town very similar to Arnn, the setting of her novel ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW.