A Clockwork Heart: Book Two in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow by Liesel Schwarz

A Clockwork Heart: Book Two in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow

byLiesel Schwarz

Kobo ebook | August 13, 2013

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FOR BETTER OR CURSE. That might as well have been the wedding vow of Elle Chance and her new husband, the ex-Warlock Hugh Marsh in the second book of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, historical adventure, and paranormal romance into storytelling magic.
 
As Elle devotes herself to her duties as the Oracle—who alone has the power to keep the dark designs of Shadow at bay—Marsh finds himself missing the excitement of his former life as a Warlock. So when Commissioner Willoughby of the London Metropolitan police seeks his help in solving a magical mystery, Marsh is only too happy to oblige. But in doing so, Marsh loses his heart . . . literally.
 
In place of the flesh-and-blood organ is a clockwork device—a device that makes Marsh a kind of zombie. Nor is he the only one. A plague of clockwork zombies is afflicting London, sowing panic and whispers of revolution. Now Elle must join forces with her husband’s old friend, the Nightwalker Loisa Beladodia, to track down Marsh’s heart and restore it to his chest before time runs out.

Praise for A Clockwork Heart
 
A Clockwork Heart is a delightful read and should appeal to readers who enjoy a mix of steampunk and magic.”Badass Book Reviews
 
“Enjoyable . . . will leave you begging for book three.”More Than Just Magic
 
“The ending will totally leave you breathless and reeling.”Gizmo’s Reviews


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Title:A Clockwork Heart: Book Two in The Chronicles of Light and ShadowFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 13, 2013Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345541294

ISBN - 13:9780345541291

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Will leave you beggine for book 3 A Clockwork Heart is a darker and creepier tale than its predecessor – A Conspiracy of Alchemists. A strange woman – The White Lady – is capturing people, removing their hearts and exchanging them with clockwork devices. An army of zombie like people who can’t feel pain and will keep on fighting until destroyed? Disturbing stuff. I really love Elle. I love how spunky she is and how brave. Even if her stubborness does get her into trouble. She’s not afraid to put her life on the line for people she cares about (particularly Marsh) and that’s admirable no matter what her other qualities are. I’m also a big fan of the secondary characters in this book, particularly Loisa Beladodia, the Nightwalker from A Conspiracy of Alchemists. I find her sense of humour spot on and I love how..vicious she is while still being a lady. The first book had a lot more romance and A Clockwork Heart scaled it back a little, which was nice. Don’t get me wrong, I love Hugh and Elle and I adored watching the “will they-won’t they” in book 1. But it’s nice to have something different to focus on as well. Especially since I was really frustrated by Hugh and Elle’s relationship in this book overall. He knew who she was and promised her he wouldn’t expect a traditional marriage. But in A Clockwork Heart turns around and demands just that! It felt like both of them were going against all the promises they had made not one book ago! I also should clarify that saying the romance is scaled back doesn’t mean Hugh and Elle aren’t at the centre of the story. What fun would that be otherwise? There are some crazy antics and Schwarz puts these poor characters through the ringer. But we don’t get as much Elle and Marsh together time. I don’t think this is a bad thing personally, as it allows for Elle to achieve a bit of self-discovery. Even if she does make some foolish decisions in the process (Like not calling back the oracles? WHY?) Recommendation: Overall A Clockwork Heart is a strong sequel. I don’t think it’s quite as good as the first, but still enjoyable and will leave you begging for book three, Sky Pirates.
Date published: 2013-09-07