Book: Clockwork Menagerie
Series: Shadows of Asphodel: Novella
Publication date: July 11, 2016
Length: 118 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
1914. Konstantin would love to hide in his laboratory and dissect the clockwork dragon captured from Russia, but the Archmages of Vienna have other plans. He finds himself shipped off to St. Petersburg as the scientific attaché to an ambassador. His orders? Look, but don’t touch. Of course, he considers this an impossible request with so much enemy technomancy to explore.
To make matters worse, Konstantin has to work with the dashing zeppelin commander Himmel, a man who should also be untouchable. They can’t act on the smoldering attraction between them without risking it all. Faced with an illegal relationship and a devious rival technomancer, Konstantin might not return from this mission in Russia without conquering the forbidden.
Himmel kissed him as he dragged him inside, his lips silencing his excuses, his hands scorching his cold skin. “You’re frozen.”
Konstantin laughed. “You’re not.”
“Let me warm you.”
This sounded sensible enough, considering—
God, Himmel’s hands. He slid them under Konstantin’s shirt, his fingers branding him, and reached lower. Unbuckling his belt, unbuttoning his trousers. Konstantin backed into the room and fell onto an armchair.
“Careful.” Himmel’s tone invited him to be reckless.
Flames crackled in the fireplace, reflected in his eyes. His chest heaving, Konstantin waited for him to make the next move.
Himmel kneeled before him. “What do you want?”
Konstantin wished the captain would relinquish control. “Kiss me,” he whispered.
Steampunk is touch and go for me. Sometimes they’re good and sometimes they’re not.. This was a very interesting read. It’s a novella in Karen Kincy’s Shadow of Asphodel series. Now there’s been a book one and two and this novella is Konstantin’s POV of those… I believe. I didn’t read the other books in this series. This is the only one. I got the story in fast forward I think. I’m gathering that Konstantin’s POV was very much wanted as he has to be a very important character in the series.
I like Konstantin a lot actually. I can see why his POV would be welcome. It’s a fast paced novella and he is very smart and he has a keen curiosity about him. Himmel is another MC in this and he’s quite the character. He is a Zeppelin Commander who is working with Konstantin.
The attraction between these two is off the charts. But they have a job to do. It’s a thrilling story and a lot of fun. I wonder if reading the two books before this would benefit me more or take something away. I might just read the other two in the hopes it’s not tedious but this is a wickedly creative story here.
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