September 16, 2014

The Clockwork Dagger by Beth CatoFull of magic, mystery, and romance, an enchanting steampunk fantasy debut in the bestselling vein of Trudi Canavan and Gail Carriger.

Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.

Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.

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This story is a wonderful combination of mystery, magic, and faith. Octavia is a conduit to the Lady, which allows her the ability to use plants and herbs, along with a dose of magic, to heal those around her. Despite her sensitivity to everyone’s pain, Octavia faces the dangers thrown at her head-on, especially when it comes to saving her friends. She and Alonzo make a great team, and I hope they have many more adventures to come.

Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More

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