Title: Beyond Clockwork
Author: Jennifer Cierra
Length: Novella (71 pages)
Publisher: JMS (October 8th, 2013)
Heat Level: None
Heart Rating: 3 Hearts
Blurb: Pinocchio never had to deal with rusty gears. He probably never had to deal with broken hearts, either.
In the city of the Young Queens, magic abounds alongside mechanics. Terrin Shore, the Clockmaker of the southern slums, likes to consider himself a master craftsman, but he can’t deny that his dolls are endowed with a certain veracity. He stopped making wind-up toys years ago, yet his dolls still move, speaking and interacting with such grace and humanity that he is tempted to forget they’re false. He makes a living from his skills, selling dolls to aristocrats and nobles with gold to spare.
Ian is Terrin’s most lifelike doll. Crafted in such detail that he can pass for human at a casual glance, he was made in the image of Terrin’s closest friend, master thief Christiansen Townsend. Ian, however, is not Christiansen. He has a personality and attitude of his own, along with a rebellious streak. Despite his artificiality, he is head over heels in love with Terrin. Still, he knows how unlikely it is a doll-maker will fall in love with a doll.
When Christiansen is injured while fleeing from the city’s peacekeeping officers, Ian has a choice to make. Does he stand back and let Christiansen be submitted to the Young Queens’ justice, where the thief will likely be executed? Or will he sacrifice himself for Terrin’s and Christiansen’s happily ever after? And is that even what Terrin really wants?
Product Link: http://www.jms-books.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29&products_id=932
Review: Well this is one very strange book, but I kind of liked it. Funny to think that fairy tales of one can be fairy tales to another. It is about a toy maker and his toys. One in particular, Ian, is the most lifelike doll he had ever made, one that resembled a man Terrin had thought he truly loved. Terrin had realized that he didn’t love
Christiansen but that he loved Ian. However, he made Ian to have his own mind and feelings. What he hadn’t realized was that Ian wanted him. When the dangers from the Queens, wanting Christiansen dead, Ian realized that to give Terrin, what he thought he wanted, he would give up his life so that Christiansen could live. Terrin didn’t tell Ian that it was him who he wanted. Saving Ian, destroying the Queens, was the only way to he had to go.
Like I said, it was different, but worth checking out.
One thought on “Beyond Clockwork by Jennifer Cierra”
Thank god I open my emails,lol. Saw this and just had to come read your review. The cover is really eye catching and I thought it looks a bit weird…but in a way that I kind of like it. Thanks for the review. I’m going to be giving this a read.
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