I’m participating in the blog tour for Kristin Bailey’s debut novel, Legacy of the Clockwork Key. Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post!
A teen girl unravels the mysteries of a secret society and their most dangerous invention in this adventure-swept romance set in Victorian London.
When a fire consumes Meg’s home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key—a key that only Meg can use—that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg is compelled to follow.
Meg has uncovered evidence of an elite secret society and a dangerous invention that some will stop at nothing to protect—and that Meg alone can destroy. Together with the handsome stable hand she barely knows but hopes she can trust, Meg is swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge. The clockwork key has unlocked her destiny in this captivating start to a trilogy. – Goodreads
Prior to Kristin Bailey’s Legacy of the Clockwork Key, I think there was only one other book that I had read that had steampunk elements. I had several issues with that book — so much that it got to the point that whenever I thought of picking up another book in the genre I was like, “Nope!” because I was reminded of how much I disliked it. It’s quite some time later now and I’m glad I finally gave steampunk another try because I think Kristin Bailey’s debut novel was a solid re-introduction.
While, yes, there are different inventions and technology in Legacy of the Clockwork Key, I felt that Kristin Bailey made it all very accessible. I wasn’t overwhelmed by details and instead found myself going, “Okay, that’s pretty cool.” Descriptions of these types of things usually go right over my head, but I actually found myself trying to understand the mechanics and look forward to what would be introduced next.
As far as the main character, I have mixed feelings about Meg. On one hand, I wanted more growth from her throughout the book and I wish I had been able to feel the loss of her family and status. She was very stubborn, and during some of the more intense scenes, spent too much time wondering what Will, her love interest, thought of her. That said, she’s young and I know how consuming those feelings can be so I think Kristin Bailey wrote that realistically. Her stubbornness was also a highlight in some ways because persistence and determination are always great qualities to have and, considering all the circumstances of the situation, I would be motivated to uncover all the secrets, too. Though Meg’s infatuation-filled thoughts did get annoying at times, the romance between her and Will was actually really nicely paced and had some great buildup along the way.
Legacy of the Clockwork Key has secret societies, a great setting in Victorian London, really interesting gadgets and technology, and a romantic storyline I’m sure many will enjoy. If this had been the first steampunk book I had read, I think I would have been a lot more open to the genre a long time ago.
Here are four songs I listened to while reading Legacy of the Clockwork Key! I wouldn’t say the songs lyrically apply to the book, but parts of their sound really reminded of the steampunk elements and how I imagined them (if that makes any sense!).
La Roux – Reflections Are Protection
Bloc Party – Halo (We Have Band Dub)
The Knife – We Share Our Mother’s Health (Ratatat Remix)
Santigold – The Riot’s Gone
About the Author
Kristin Bailey grew up in the middle of the San Joaquin Valley in California. As a kid she enjoyed visiting the beach, camping and skiing with her two brothers. Now she is a military wife and mother of two young children. She is also terrible about spoiling her pets. She has one fluffy mutt, two cats who think they own the world, and a fish tank with a quartet of fat fish, and two secretive striped ninja-assassin snails. In the course of her adventures, she has worked as a zookeeper, balloon artist, and substitute teacher. Now she enjoys writing books for teens who enjoy mystery and adventure as much as she does.
www.kristinbailey.com | @KBaileyBooks