The Clockwork Wolf
by Lynn Viehl
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
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Reviewed by: Kate | Source: Publisher
As the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. in a steampunk version of America, Charmian “Kit” Kittredge makes her living solving magical crimes. But when a snobbish lady begs for help, saving her reputation might very well cost Kit her life.
Doing a favor for deathmage Lucien Dredmore, Kit agrees to interview a newly widowed lady as a potential client. Upon meeting, however, she learns that the woman in question is none other than Lady Eugenia Bestly, president of the Rumsen Ladies Decency Society—someone who once led a vicious campaign to ruin Kit’s life. Ironically Lady Bestly now lives in fear herself, for the press is about to unmask her husband as the savage “Wolfman” who died while terrorizing the city.
As monstrous rampages continue to occur, Kit soon determines there is more than one Wolfman, and that they may themselves be victims of evil players. While avoiding both mechanized assassins and attempts by Dredmore and Chief Inspector Tom Doyle to take her under their protection, Kit follows a tangled path that leads from a prestigious gentlemen’s club fronting a hellish secret to a vengeful native tribe and dangerous, ancient magics.
THE CLOCKWORK WOLF is an excellent example of a second book in a series that surpasses the first. Maybe I’m biased because I read DISENCHANTED & CO in two parts, but THE CLOCKWORK WOLF is a spectacular dive into Kit’s world of Toriana, complete with fascinating magic, nefarious villains, and multiple love interests.
Disenchanted & Co. is the series you should pick up if you’re having Parasol Protectorate withdrawal pangs. Kit is a less prim Alexia, without a parasol but with her own alpha male suitors and dry wit. Her friends are remarkably less silly than Ivy (Rina has got to be my favorite) and the mystery was a lot of fun, if convoluted. While the physical book is labeled paranormal romance on the spine, I wouldn’t say the romance/relationship aspect is center to the plot at all- this is more of a mystery, with a spoonful of romance on the side. To me, this was in this case a perfect ratio, but I’m warning you in case you’re looking for a romance, which THE CLOCKWORK WOLF certainly is not.
One complaint I have is that sometimes the world in the Disenchanted & Co. series can be a bit hard to follow. The previous book, while memorable, packed a lot of details at the end, and sometimes I was a bit confused when past events were mentioned. Plus, there is the vocabulary that while mostly understandable from context clues, can still turn the reader around a bit. Viehl treats this a bit more like a epic fantasy, with a glossary at the back, but in my opinion, most readers looking at this type of book aren’t necessarily keeping their eye out for that (so maybe take a glance before you start). My one other issue is the seemingly unnecessary love triangle – but that could be because I’m seriously biased toward one tall, dark and handsome suitor (could anybody tell I’m swooning a bit?).
Despite any complaints, I absolutely adored THE CLOCKWORK WOLF, and couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read more about Kit and her mystery solving abilities, her crazy grandparent turned ghost, and her relationships. Bring on the next Disenchanted & Co. book soon, please!
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