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Great characters and dialogue, at the expense of a restless tempo. I have no idea what the landscapes, the world really look like.. if this book had another two hundred pages of so of pure description it would have been one of my favourite books of all time. As it is, I'll probably buy the next one, but this isn't quite a classic.
A good story interesting characters but too little development without the rest of the series the end is a little rushed - like the author got off track then has to wrap it up. While the world is interesting I have other books I'd rather read then finding out more about this world
The Clocktaur Wars is a very satisfying read. So refreshing to read fantasy that deals with horses realistically 😁 Strong characters, good world building, exciting story, very snarky humour. A human could get to like these books.
The good: I liked all of the characters very much. Even the ones I didn't like at first were interesting, and by the end I got to know them better and grew to like them too.
I think the author created a very interesting world that I would love to explore more. I hope book two will afford the opportunity to do that. (ETA: It did indeed!)
I enjoy her writing, especially the amusing descriptions. Some of my favorite lines: Hours passed, like a kidney stone.
They did not ride for so long each day as they did the first. Learned Edmund chafed at the delay. Slate and Brenner merely chafed.
Inspiration knocks now and again, but spite bangs on the door all year long.
If you like that sort of humor, you'll probably enjoy T. Kingfisher/Ursula Vernon's writing.
The not-so-good: The story was split into two books, so book one ends in the middle of the story; not on a cliffhanger (thank goodness), but it does leave the main plotline dangling. I do prefer shorter books myself, so I can sympathize with the author for not wanting to make this one huge book, but when you just stop in the middle like that...grrr.
Also, there are parts in this book where the zany descriptions are very heavy handed, which makes them less fun and a little bit annoying at times. I like witty wordplay, but ideally it should blend into the narrative seamlessly, instead of shouting "look! a joke!" and calling attention to itself.
The final verdict: All in all, I was a bit disappointed in this this book for falling short of my expectations (I have read and loved read several of her short stories, five stars all the way!) But apart from my two quibbles, I did enjoy Clockwork Boys quite a lot. The characters and setting are really excellent.
Pretty good D&D-ish world, which is to say it's rather generic. Characters eat "stew" a lot, which I think may be tongue-in-cheek reference to the blandness of food details in most fantasy worlds. Characters are also familiar archetypes: a paladin, an assassin, a scholar/sage, and a rogue. Fun story but I don't think that I would want to read any more in the same world, it's kinda generic.