Octavia Leander, a young healer with incredible powers, has found her place among Miss Percival's medicians-in-training. Called to the frontlines of a never-ending war between Caskentia and the immoral Wasters, the two women must uncover the source of a devastating illness that is killing thousands of soldiers. But when Octavia's natural talents far outshine her teacher's, jealousy threatens to destroy their relationship—as time runs out to save the encampment. ~~~~~~~~~~~
I LOVE Octavia!
Not only does her name just sound awesome, but as a character she has true grit an determination.
One thing that I absolutely loved was how Beth was able to create such a fantasic villian out of Octavia's mentor. Miss Percival is a piece of work....she's too jealous for her own good & that's what I love about her. There are times when I wanted to slap her silly, but I think that all bad guys make us want to do that at least once in a great book. It's funny what jealous can make people do, but all I truly wanted was for Miss Percival to help Octavia with this strange dieases that's killing off their soliders. You would think that having Octavia help her would be a blessing, but it's funny the things she did to almost sabotage her.
Though this was just a short novella prequel to Beth Cato's The Clockwork Dagger I took enmse joy from getting to know this elborate steam punk world. I might not review a lot of steam punk, but this short book reminded me why I should more. From every nook & cramy, to each solider out on the battle field there wasn't a single detail left out!
Personally I can't wait to read the rest of this series, because Octavia's journey is one I do not want to miss out on. Bravo Miss Cato!!
About the Author:
Beth Cato hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair west of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham.
Beth's short fiction can be found in Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many other magazines. The Clockwork Dagger is her first novel. The sequel, The Clockwork Crown, will be released in 2015.