The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

Clockwork Dagger Duology, Book 1

Synopsis: Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.

Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.

Review: When I saw the cover I immediately thought of a steampunk novel and I love this genre. I did not know anything about the author, but it’s true that I love discovering new writers and it was a good opportunity here. But I think my expectations were perhaps a little too high…

Octovia is a Medician, a person capable of using herbs and incantations to save anyone harmed, whatever the reason. But her secret must be hidden because many people might use her for disreputable purposes. Embarking on an airship to visit several cities and help those in need, she certainly does not expect to end up in a story that is completely beyond her. Indeed, it seems that many people are interested in this girl. Between a cabin’s colleague who is much more important than what she seems, a stuart who hides his true identity and a gremlin that we can only adore, Octavia will have many things to do.

I’m sad to say that I was not hooked by the story or the characters and I struggled to finish the book. The idea is really nice and I loved the gremlin and its attachment to the characters but it’s true that the rest failed to touch me particularly. I do not know what point really bothered me, and I think unlike me, other readers will be delighted. By cons I was quite surprised at the end of the novel and it’s true that the story has carried me a little more at that time. It’s pretty rare when I can not get into a novel like that, but I think this story was not made ​​for me. I think it will, however for others.



25 thoughts on “The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

  1. Well, sometimes when you get in a funk, it means that you’re going to read an amazing book 🙂

    October just might be the month of awesomeness for you! I wish you Fabulous reading this month!

    An amazing review despite your disappointment!

  2. It’s a shame this one didn’t work for you Melliane! I had high hopes for it as well and have my copy sitting on a shelf staring at me. I might still give it a try though, as you said, everyone reacts differently to a story. I’m glad things at least picked up at the end for you!

  3. It does look steampunky, haven’t read many of them, and two I was really disappointed on too. It’s hard to get into it when there’s not a lot of connection to the characters so yeah, get that completely. 🙁

  4. I’m Sorry it didn’t work out for you, Melliane. The cover is eye-catching and I love steampunk as well and have thought of picking this one up myself. I need to connect with at least one of the characters to enjoy a story – so I can totally relate. Thanks for the honest review 🙂

  5. Oh how disappointing! When I saw the cover I immediately thought of steampunk and wanted to read it too. Sorry you didn’t like it, if the book ever falls in my lap I’d give it a shot, but failure to connect with characters tends to be a dealbreaker for me.

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