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Clockworld: The Iron City

Written by: Ben Myatt
Narrated by: Luke Hannafin
Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins

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The Iron City has stood for thousands of years, but now, dark forces move within her metal walls to bring down her royal family and subjugate her people. Princess Aldreia, heir to the throne, must join with the peasant tunnel-runner mouse to battle against the threats against her city and protect her birthright!

From the darkest cellars of the city Underworks to the skies around its tiers, the battle for the Iron City has begun!

©2018 Ben Myatt (P)2019 Ben Myatt

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  • Takoda
  • 2019-05-14

Not a bad steampunky, book.

~3.5 stars. I initially wasn't very into this books setting, characters, etc. As the book progressed, I became more invested into the storyline and I think that I ended up enjoying the book quite a bit. There are a few things that I would recommend the author to improve upon. The book did well at keeping me interested and not feeling sluggish at points where there was less conflict occurring. I think that several elements were adopted from other famous works without properly making them fit that took away from the story. Examples like characters saying "By the old Gods and the new" and "What in the seven hells" are phrases that I recognize from ASOIAF, but don't make since in this story (what old Gods and what new Gods are they talking about?).

This could be more of a preference, but I would have liked more world building and understanding what the world looked like, how everyone (not just in the cities mentioned) live, other religious beliefs, etc. I was also interested in learning more about how the technology functions, which I hope will be covered in later novels. I definitely see potential in this series being quite good.

On another note, and this could also just be personal preference, I think the narrator almost ruined this book. One of the main reasons I was having trouble getting into this book was the narrator. I didn't find his normal reading voice that appealing. I felt he also had trouble conveying the emotion of the situation and characters in the entire novel. Some of his voices were somewhat ridiculous (such as a certain Queen's Paw that sounded like Batman), and sometimes he would slip out of a character's voice while speaking, or forgetting to speak with that character's voice that confused me at parts.

Overall, I would likely read the next book in the series, hoping that the author continues to improve in writing quality.

Also, I received this book for free, and that in no way influenced my review.