My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Cherie Priest’s Clockwork Century series is rather refreshing in that the various books, thus far, don’t follow the exact same set of characters. They’re all set in the same universe, but the characters featured in each book are only tangentially related to each other. And things are slightly complicated by how the books in the series are not all exclusively with the same publisher. The main books in the series are via Tor, but Subterranean Press has the actual Book 2: Clementine.
Now, this one didn’t grab me nearly as hard as Boneshaker, but that isn’t really this book’s fault; I loved Boneshaker so much that any other book in the series was naturally going to have to work extremely hard to measure up. And this is not to say that Clementine isn’t good, because it is. There’s some steampunky airship-and-battle-automaton goodness here, as well as the appeal of both of our lead characters, Maria Isabella Boyd and Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey, being people of color. But man, I missed the zombie action, as well as the bigger scope of Boneshaker (and, since I’ve since read it as well, Dreadnought).
Still, if you’re a fan of the series, this one is worth finding. The hardcover edition is hard to find at this point, and expensive as well–but the book’s also available electronically for very reasonable prices. So if you’re electronically inclined in your reading, be sure to grab this one. Three stars.