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Paolina Barthes is a young woman of remarkable intellectual ability--a genius on the level of Isaac Newton. But she has grown up in isolation, in a small village of shipwreck survivors, on the Wall in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. She knows little of the world, but she knows that England rules it, and must be the home of people who possess the learning that she so desperately wants. And so she sets off to make her way off the Wall, not knowing that she will bring her astounding, unschooled talent for sorcery to the attention of those deadly factions who would use or kill her for it.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765317094
Branch Call Number: LAK
Characteristics: 383 pages ; 25 cm


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Apr 28, 2011

Escapement is a followup/sequel to his 2007 novel Mainspring, a clockwork, steampunk travel fantasy. I liked this more than the first one – in part because the pace feels faster, but also because these particular characters clicked for me. I’m lining up the next one to read immediately.

This book takes place in the same world but now follows three new principal characters. Each of these people sets out on a journey with a particular mission or goal, and the novel follows their progress as they meet, part, and meet again. The characterization is solid and the visual detail is again as impressive as in Mainspring.

The plot gives each of the leads a good solid motivation to get underway and keep going. There is urgency and risk as our various heroes battle storms and troops to a satisfying conclusion.

If you enjoyed the first book, you’ll definitely like this one.

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