by Liesel Schwarz
Released: August 13, 2013
Series: The Chronicles of Light & Shadow #2
Published by Del Rey
Narrator: Amy McFadden
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
“…fans of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series would enjoy this one.”
~ Under the Covers
It has been way too long since I read the first book in this series. I honestly wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to read this without doing a refresher because I thought for sure I’d be completely lost. But I started with hope and my memory started to kick in as I got reading.
A CLOCKWORK HEART is almost an entirely different book than the first one for one main reason. In A CONSPIRACY OF ALCHEMISTS, our heroine Elle fights with the idea of the paranormal world and her place in it. All of that is at the forefront of this second book. Elle is now happily married to her warlock husband, she understands what she is, and she has no fears at going head first into the paranormal. What this book shows us is the more personal struggle that Elle is finding herself in. What is her place as Marsh’s wife? How can she still be herself and do the things she’s always found joy in while also making her husband feel as if she respects his position in society and her role as his wife? Of course, throw in some paranormal danger and there’s the recipe for a solid story.
I am still very much a fan of Elle as the main heroine of this series. She’s pretty fierce and unapologetic. She still wants to continue dealing with some of the harsher elements of society and continue being the pilot of her airship. She’s not conventional and she doesn’t want to be boxed in. By any rules of any world. But she also truly loves her husband! She’s my favorite part about this book for sure.
I think fans of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series would enjoy this one. But be sure to read in order as I don’t think this one would stand alone as well.
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