Clocktaur War Duology
Vernon excels at writing delightful stories whose tone can turn on a dime. In one paragraph, she can move from deft banter to sob-inducing tragedy while still keeping the experience delightful. ~Locus
…everything I enjoy about Kingfisher’s stories is on display here. I love the rhythm of her writing, the call and response of the dialog. Her characters grow and change throughout the story, sometimes in unexpected directions. ~Kathryn Adams, PixelatedGeek.com
The Wonder Engine is a grimly funny adventure story that also manages to be compassionate and pragmatic. And it manages to say more about religious experience and faith in a chapter than most books do in a treatise.
I really love it. Read it. ~Liz Bourke, Tor.com
A paladin, an assassin, a forger, and a scholar ride out of town. It’s not the start of a joke, but rather an espionage mission with deadly serious stakes. T. Kingfisher’s new novel begins the tale of a murderous band of criminals (and a scholar), thrown together in an attempt to unravel the secret of the Clockwork Boys, mechanical soldiers from a neighboring kingdom that promise ruin to the Dowager’s city.
If they succeed, rewards and pardons await, but that requires a long journey through enemy territory, directly into the capital. It also requires them to refrain from killing each other along the way! At turns darkly comic and touching, The Clocktaur War duology puts together a broken group of people trying to make the most of the rest of their lives as they drive forward on their mission to an uncertain future.
Content Warning: violence, gore, and sexual content