• The Wonder Engine

  • Clocktaur War, Book 2
  • By: T. Kingfisher
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (409 ratings)

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The Wonder Engine

By: T. Kingfisher
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
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Publisher's Summary

In the sequel to Clockwork Boys, Slate, Brenner, Caliban and Learned Edmund have arrived in Anuket City, the source of the mysterious Clockwork Boys. They even managed to build some trust in each other's skills. That trust is built on quicksand as the risks continue to escalate. But the secrets they're keeping could well destroy them, before the city even gets the chance...

Old foes and consequences of past decisions lurk in the shadows. Every team member's skills are required to succeed - even more so if they hope to survive.

The Wonder Engine never lets us forget our funny, broken group even as the action propels our heroes to new highs and lows. It shows that making the most of the rest of your life can be rewarding - no matter how many mechanical abominations you need to destroy to get there.

©2018 Ursula Vernon (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Enjoyable

A fun read, had me laughing and crying. Binged both books in two days.
"Shut up, Brenner."

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Sad it's over

If the author wrote a hundred books with these characters, I would listen to every one of them. I am so sad it's over. I haven't listened to something I've enjoyed this much in a long time. Please if you come across these gems, do yourself a favor and buy them. If you're anything like me, you won't be disappointed.

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Continued Entertainment

I really enjoyed the plot to this novel, though there were a few sections that were a bit far into the romance side for me.

That said, this continues to a great book 2 with some well woven plot mechanics and a lot of sarcasm.

Also - nolls are great characters.

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meh.

I liked the world but they could've flushed it out more. which would slow the story. the adventure moves fast. story is similar to Bujold's Five Gods Series , Hallowed Hunt.

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  • 02-29-20

Book 2 is a let down

after finishing the first book I could not wait to start the second. Honestly Book 2 is a big disappointment. The last hour of the book is badly done manufactured interpersonal conflict that subtracts from the story. How some of the plot points are resolved are convoluted. hole thing is just rushed.

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This series is just so incredibly funny

I love this worldbuilding so much, and Kingfisher’s writing style, but nothing is more funny to me than a band of entirely different kinds of people forced together. Just, so much fun to listen to, and I’m so glad this world has more stories in it!

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Fun and magical, until the sword cut deep

“Subtle as a warhorse in an apothecary shop.”
This was a mostly great conclusion to a unique tale of demons and clockwork soldiers. Book 2 picks up right where book 1 left off, with a short recap that should be used as a refresher, and not as a substitute for listening to book 1.

“If I kicked him, he’d probably apologize for getting in the way of my foot.”
I loved the way the ragtag crew’s quirks tangled with each other, whether Caliban’s chivalry, Slate’s snark, or Brenner’s ruthlessness. This was definitely a character driven story, as the plot and the settings are never fully realized. Which gets me to some of the downsides.
-There’s never much of a big bad for the folks to clash with. The villains are largely absent until the reveal, and then are quickly dispensed with.
- There are a lot of loose threads, big and small, like what ever happened to the crime boss or how did the wonder engines get made and what happened to the ancient society that made them?

“Nobody tortures people at home; it ruins the carpet.”
But, on the whole, the loose threads didn’t unravel the big picture, which was magical, adventurous, and fun. This had YA level violence and death, no profanity, and fade to black romance. For a book that began with a suicide mission, I also appreciate the willingness to follow through and not give everyone a happy ever after. Yes, despite the fun and adventure, this story wasn’t afraid to twist the knife.

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if Terry Pratchett wrote wages of fear

The desperate heist story is a classic for a reason. Mismatched protagonists thrown together on a mission of likely death, learning to work together or betray each other... it's a great story and it's still great here, where a big heaping dollop of humor makes it just so much fun!

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Very well thought out duology. Was a joy to read.

I really cared about the characters in what I would consider a book that is more on the short side. Great writing, great story and just a fun read. Don't hesitate to pick it up.

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A really wonderful conclusion!

I loved it, the narration was excellent, I have an affection for the characters that I rarely develop. I found the book to be delightful and a good contrast to the journey of the first novel. Worth a listen!!

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  • 09-23-21

wonderful

I love this series I love the author they are full of adventure and heartbreak and relatable people who act like real people