Harper Voyager, Jun 9 2015, $14.99
Fleeing through the treacherous Kingdom of Caskentia, Medican Octavia Leander feels euphoric that she so far survived the assassination attempts and have not seen a killer in a few days, and her lover Alonzo Garrett the former Clockwork Dagger rides with her. On the other hand she fears what is going on in her life as her growing magical power feels out of control; assassins relentlessly pursue her to kill her before she crosses into the most southern part of the peninsula the Southern Nations where Garrett’s family reside; and her beloved placed his life in peril for her.
However before seeking the safety of the Southern Nations the pair also searches for information re the Lady and her Tree, the source of Octavia’s new found and rapidly increasing power. They know the answers Octavia needs probably lies in the extremely hostile Dallows better known by everyone as the Waste one should never voluntarily enter; a province where rebellion against the Kingdom of Caskentia has been brutal.
The second Clockwork fantasy (The Clockwork Dagger) is an exciting twisting entry with a gripping, major surprising spin. Beth Cato deftly balances insight into the beleaguered Medican’s growing skills with a bloody rebellion, and old and new adversaries.