Follow a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries.
Present day: When a young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology uncovers a terrible secret concealed in the workings of a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll, she is thrown into a hidden world that lurks just under the surface of our own. With her career and her life at stake, June Stefanov will ally with a remarkable traveler who exposes her to a reality she never imagined, as they embark on an around-the-world adventure and discover breathtaking secrets of the past…
Russia, 1725: In the depths of the Kremlin, the tsar’s loyal mechanician brings to life two astonishingly humanlike mechanical beings. Peter and Elena are a brother and sister fallen out of time, possessed with uncanny power, and destined to serve great empires. Struggling to blend into pre-Victorian society, they are pulled into a legendary war that has raged for centuries.
The Clockwork Dynasty interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings designed to live by ironclad principles, yet constantly searching for meaning. As June plunges deeper into their world, her choices will ultimately determine their survival or extermination. (From Goodreads)
I rate this book a 3.75 stars out of 5.
The Clockwork Dynasty, is written very, very well, and you can tell that Daniel H. Wilson is a very smart man, it’s very apparent after you read the about the author section. I want to say, that this review is hard to write, as this is not at all my typical genre, or style of read. However, I am also not one who will only read certain types of books. I like to branch out and try new things. Because I have virtually no experience reading a Steam-Punk-ish Sci-Fi it was harder for me to connect to the characters. On an emotional level I could. I understood the aspect of doing whatever you could, for someone you love, and the power love for your family has. I get that.
There was a lot to this book, the time jumps between the 1700’s and present day, saw a lot of different people and story-lines, it also takes place in several different locations, Russia, China, U.S., etc. I felt like if I didn’t pay close attention, that this book would have become very confusing. So in turn, it wasn’t really a book I could read at bedtime.
I enjoyed the book, if there were to be a sequel, I am not sure that I could read it. I would definitely recommend this to my Sci-Fi loving friends and followers though. Please do not let me review deter you from reading this book. Thank you to Wunderkind PR for sending me this book for review purposes. I really enjoyed working with you gals!
“Her weight is delicate in my arms, like a leaf carried on the quaking back of this monstrous river. I chose to protect her and I failed. I do not know if the choices we make are ours or not; whether the planets hold any more agency in their orbits than we do in ours. But even if I am a prisoner to clockwork, I cannot imagine leaving her.”