Author: Jordan Elizabeth Mierek
Category/Genre: Young Adult Steampunk
My Star Raing: 5/5
When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother's neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.
Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags' swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.
Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.
*I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for a honest review*
This is the first steampunk book I've ever read. I knew if it was by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek it would not disappoint. This was the greatest kind of love story; I'm not speaking about the romance between Edna and Ike (which was swoon-worthy itself), but the commitment and affection Edna held for her little brother, Harrison. She was devoted to him in such a way you couldn't help but admire her as a character. Ike's story of riches to pauper, then back to riches is a tale in itself. I loved how both of the main characters had their own story to tell, their own vendetta. The fact that they just happened to cross paths only enhances each tale. Great action, great plot, GREAT BOOK!