I’ve finally finished her sequel to The Clockwork Dagger a few weeks ago and I will admit that it took me longer than the first book. This has nothing to do with The Clockwork Crown being less engaging than the first book, but with me knowing that this is the only planned sequel at the moment.
Ms. Cato picks up her story with Octavia and Alonzo pretty much where she’d left off at the end of Dagger, with the two of them journeying across Caskentia and looking to escape their pursuers. They have bounded since the first book, but Ms. Cato is quick to remind her readers (in a few short paragraphs) what has happened. I never felt like I was being reminded or treated like an idiot as she gently reminded what had already occurred to Octavia and Alonzo and eased me back into their world.
Ms. Cato is adept at weaving the narrative together with both the past and present actions, adding new characters, and keeping the story moving forward. At the same time, she expands the world they live in, adding more information (explaining the gremlins—reintroducing Leaf) and creating villains that we want to root both for and against.
By the end of the book, I was anxiously turning the pages (and being thankful I bought the Kindle version so I couldn’t flip to the end and check to make sure everything turned out all right.) I’ve read quite a few books lately where the heroine is in danger until the last page and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what Octavia’s fate would be. Ms. Cato didn’t disappoint and left me hanging until the very end. Although she hasn’t planned (that I know of) to write a sequel to this book, she did leave it a bit open to writing something else. Still the conclusion was satisfying and I look forward to reading more work by her.