I have been eyeing this series since the first book popped up in the blogosphere. Heck, I even own the first book, but haven’t read it. After finishing this short novella, the first book may be the next book I read.
It doesn’t appear to be necessary to have read the first two novels in the series to understand what is going on in “Clockwork Menagerie.” This isn’t always the case with series novellas. This short peek into Konstantin’s and Himmel’s lives will give you a taste for the dieselpunk genre and the style of Kincy’s writing.
This short quick read is a love story. A HOT love story. If you are not open to other lifestyles you may want to steer clear though. I found the blossoming relationship between Konstantin and Himmel to be genuine. There was nothing odd or uncomfortable about it. It was real. They (Konstantin and Himmel) were real. And that was refreshing.
Some of the political information about the war and the technomancy/psychothaumaturgy details were a bit over my head. Just enough hints were given in the text for this to not be too distracting and I have a feeling when I continue with the other books in the series, all will become clear. And I’m looking forward to cracking open my copy of Shadows of Asphodel soon after finishing “Clockwork Menagerie.”
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