ARC Review: The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

Posted October 1, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato
The Clockwork Dagger
by Beth Cato

4 Stars


Released: 16 September 2014
Series: Clockwork Dagger Duology #1
Published by Harper Voyager
Pages: 368
Format: eARC


” Beth Cato has introduced me to a little steampunk and fantasy blend, brimming with magic and adventure and I enjoyed every page” ~ Under the Covers

Miss Octavia Leander is a medician, a healer, in a corrupt and war torn kingdom her talents are rare and the strength of her power even rarer. But Octavia has found a post in a village struck with disease and is determined to get there and save them, however, she must first survive the journey. Not everyone on her air ship is what they appear from her cabin mate to the steward and a series of dangerous events and attempted murder convince Octavia that someone on the ship is out to kill her, the only question is who?

Steampunk is fast becoming a genre that I love, it’s amazing what the introduction of a few air ships and a bit of old fashioned technology can do to get authors imaginations revving up. I have seen steampunk paired up with zombies, werewolves, vampires and now Beth Cato has introduced me to a little steampunk and fantasy blend, brimming with magic and adventure and I enjoyed every page.

The Clockwork Dagger packed in a lot of action, world-building, intrigue and a dash of romance into one book and once the book gets going we tumble from attempted murder to mayhem making this fast paced and exciting. I am a romance lover at heart though and I did enjoy the stolen moments between Octavia and the mysterious yet seemingly gallant steward Alonzo Garrett, they were incredibly sweet and very romantic and I can’t wait to see their wooing carry on into the next book.

Anyone who is a fan of authors like Maria V Snyder and Trudi Canavan, much like myself, than you will definitely like this it has that same feel of magic mixed with some adventure and romance that both authors excel at. The Clockwork Dagger was a really good read and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

*ARC provided by publisher


About Beth Cato

Beth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham.

Beth's short fiction can be found in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many other magazines. The Clockwork Dagger is her first novel. The sequel, The Clockwork Crown, will be released in 2015.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Thanks for the review Suzanne


Steampunk is either hit or miss with me….but this does sound pretty good. Thanks Suzanne

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Thanks for the review, I’ve only read 1 steampunk novel and I did enjoy.