Gears, wheels and clockworks. Oh, my!
Plus mechanical beasties, horses and ships, murder and mayhem, romance and adventure.
Once you start, you are dropped down in the middle of a Steampunk tale that will introduce you to a time that is both dark and tantalizing. This high adventure is peopled with villains, heroes and the in-betweens that pull you into an alternate world where knowledge of science and steam can indeed make magic happen. But it’s Kristen Bailey’s heart as a storyteller that will keep you turning the pages until you reach the final line on the first leg of a long journey for Meg, Will, Lucinda and Oliver.
This harrowing tale is filled with the imagination, creativity and ingenuity. Bailey brings to life mechanical beings, weapons and amusements, almost leaping off the pages of the book. This first installment in The Secret Order trilogy opens a world misplaced in time that will intrigue and delight teens of fantasy, sci-fi, mystery and romance.
Meg’s life as the daughter of a clockmaker was comfortable, but after the fire that took the life of her parents all she has left to remember them by is a cindered pocket watch. As housemaid to an eccentric Baron, life is anything but comfortable with long hours of drudgery, dusting and cleaning until the winding of a clock opens a secret door. Within the hidden workshop there are fantastic machines and a spyglass like nothing Meg has ever set eyes on before. Some allow her to see into all areas of the estate by means of disguised cameras. Among the detailed drawings are the inner workings of a bizarre egg shaped contraption, Meg finds a letter that sends her on a search for the grandfather she had thought was dead.
The trail she follows leads to a secret society of men that can create almost anything you might imagine with gears, wheels and clockworks. Along with Will, a former stable hand, she makes her way to London, to meet with Lucinda, the widow of an Amusementist to begin their search for clues which can lead them to a machine that may well tear apart the very fabric of time. With a murderer on their trail, a weapon of deadly destruction, that only she has the key to stop, clues to search out and inventions that could be the death of them, this harrowing adventure has just begun.
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Reviewed by Katy, Shawnee Branch