Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti

by Dru Pagliassotti (website, magazine)
Juno Books
Mass Market Paperback

Taya soars over Ondinium on metal wings. She is an icarus, a courier privileged to travel freely across city's sectors and mingle indiscriminately among its castes. But even she cannot outfly the web of terrorism, loyalty, murder, and intrigue that snares her after a daring mid-air rescue. Taya finds herself entangled with the Forlore brothers, scions of an upperclass family: handsome, brilliant Alister, who sits on Ondinium's governing council and writes programs for the Great Engine; and awkward, sharp-tongued Cristof, who has exiled himself from his caste and repairs clocks in the lowest sector of the city. Both hide dangerous secrets, in the city that beats to the ticking of a clockwork heart...

Yes, you read that right; the author has a fantasy/horror magazine called The Harrow, which she has run for ten years. She also has a list of short stories published. This story sounds very imaginative. I like how the name of the city sounds like an element from the periodic table of the elements. And I love that cover.


Anonymous said...

Oooh, this sounds interesting.

Misque Writer said...

Great site, btw. A terrific place to come find out what's new on the fantasy shelves.

Tia Nevitt said...

Too many of them do, Raven.

Thanks, Misque! Welcome!

Anonymous said...

Tia, that's so true. I was thinking as I typed it that I could apply that same (admittedly not very original) comment to way too many of the books you showcase. Maybe I should just write a macro for it, lol!

Anonymous said...

It does sound interesting. I might have to check it out.