The Watchmaker’s Daughter

watchmakers-daughterI’m a sucker for a good steampunk novel. A lot of people try to write it but not all of them succeed. C. J. Archer nails it.

From the opening scenes to the denouement, I followed the plucky heroine – India Steele – through the streets of a not-quite-familiar London as she tries to aid her new employer find a mysterious watchmaker. She wrestles with her new circumstances, fights with the guild, and nearly gets caught up in a dangerous gambling hell. The ending gave just enough of a well-constructed twist that I felt both vindicated (I saw that coming) and surprised (but not that).

I can’t say much about the plot or the characters without spoilers so I’ll just say, I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Glass, his crew, and even his slightly off-center aunt. India Steele proved herself up to the challenge and left me looking for the sequel – which just came out last month.

I liked it a lot. If you like good steampunk – with just a taste of je ne sais quoi – grab a sample of The Watchmaker’s Daughter and see what you think for yourself.

About the reviewer:

NathanLowell_150x150Nathan Lowell has been writing science fiction and fantasy most of his life. He started publishing in 2007 and has no intention of stopping any time soon.

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