The Cogsmith’s Daughter by Kate M Colby

The Cogsmith’s Daughter by Kate M Colby The Cogsmith’s Daughter by Kate M ColbyThe Cogsmith's Daughter by Kate M. Colby
Published by Boxthorn Press on October 15th 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 302
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley

The Cogsmith’s Daughter is the tale of Aya, the daughter of a city’s last cogsmith, who has been forced into the life of a prostitute after her father was executed by the king for the high crime of being unable to fix the prince’s pet clockwork bird. As a young woman she is drawn into a conspiracy amongst the high nobles to overthrow the ruling monarch.

The world of The Cogsmith’s Daughter is something like a post-apocalyptic world rule over by a king who goes through wives like a hot knife through butter. It’s a world where adultery is a crime worthy of execution, although the prostitutes seem to be doing a roaring trade, nonetheless.

I’ll be honest, I was hoping for a whole lot more action and adventure in this story, rather than a weird romantic comedy of manners, but the action does pick up towards the end when the political intrigue gets involved. The thing is that because of the nature of the ‘world’ it leaves a lot to the imagination. Based on the synopsis, and the clockwork frog on the cover, I was really hoping for a more indepth exploration of, or novel involving that kind of world.

The main character – Aya – is a largely sympathetic character, an orphan who is forced into prostitute because… reasons apparently. She is surrounded by a friend and mentor who assists her in learning her job, and learning some of the ins and outs of courtly intrigue. The significant love interest is quite charming, however, he remains somewhat aloof, for reasons that become apparent later in the book.

I get that this is the first book in the series, and I imagine that the author will continue to evolve and elaborate on the broader world as she goes along, but I feel like this will appeal to readers of romance, rather than those looking for either a clockpunk or steampunk world.

I did mostly enjoy reading the book, and blitzed through it quite quickly, however I was left wanting something more.

I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating Report
Overall: three-half-stars

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