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A Clockwork River (Hardback)

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Hardback 736 Pages / Published: 07/10/2021
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A monumental hydropunk novel centred around a hydraulic city in danger of collapse, Emery’s meticulously realised fantasy brings in everything from house spirits and troglodytes to the Ladies Whist Club.

A sister searches for her missing brother as a new power rises amid the splendour and the squalor of a once great city.

Lower Rhumbsford is a city far removed from its glory days. On the banks of the great river Rhumb, its founding fathers channelled the river's mighty flow into a subterranean labyrinth of pipes, valves and sluices, a feat of hydraulic prowess that would come to power an empire. But a thousand years have passed since then, and something is wrong. The pipes are leaking, the valves stuck, the sluices silted. The erstwhile mighty Rhumb is sluggish and about to freeze over for the first time in memory.

In a once fashionable quarter of the once great city, in the once grand ancestral home of a family once wealthy and well-known, live the last descendants of the city's most distinguished engineer, siblings Samuel and Briony Locke.

Having abandoned his programme in hydraulic engineering, Samuel Locke tends to his vast lock collection, while his sister Briony distracts herself from the prospect of marriage to a rich old man with her alchemical experiments. One night Sam leaves the house carrying five of his most precious locks and doesn't come back...

As she searches for her brother, Briony will be drawn into a web of ancestral secrets and imperial intrigues as a ruthless new power arises. If brother and sister are to be reunited, they will need the help of a tight-lipped house spirit, a convict gang, a club of antiques enthusiasts, a tribe of troglodytes, the Ladies Whist Club, the deep state, a traveling theatrical troupe and a lovesick mouse.

Epic, rollicking and in love with language, Jacob and Sara Emery's sprawling debut novel of humble kitchen magics and awe-inspiring civil engineering is a rare and delicious commodity - the world's first hydropunk novel.

Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781800249929
Number of pages: 736
Dimensions: 228 x 145 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Oh, just plunge into this 'hydro-punk' fantasy novel, will you. It's as charming as it is uncontainable, an uber-confident picaresque comedy in the authentic, madcap 18th-century manner' The Times. * The Times *
'41/2 stars! Exuberant isn't often a word you'd apply to fantasy novels, but A Clockwork River rushes along at a pace to match the waterway at its heart' * SFX Magazine *
'It is delightfully weird, clever, and a luxuriously slow novel set in a historical urban fantasy world' * Grimdark Magazine *
'A monumental hydropunk novel centred around a hydraulic city in danger of collapse, Emery's meticulously realised fantasy brings in everything from house spirits and troglodytes to the Ladies Whist Club' * Waterstones *

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Jackie sharp

“An entertaining fun fantasy/historical/thriller read”

This is still a fairly new genre for me, so the world building takes a while, I loved the premise of the story and wasn’t disappointed as I started to read the story. Lower Rhumbsford is gradually fading as time goes... More

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“A fantastic fantasy world which would benefit from some heavy editing to make it more readable”

As an exercise in world building, this is fantastic, but as an enjoyable and readable novel it falls flat because the proportion of plot to waffle is completely off. After reading for a good two hours almost nothing... More

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bookishcharli

“A fantastic debut!”

What do I have to say about the world’s first hydropunk novel? It was a fantastic read, that’s what!

This chunky novel is wonderfully fast paced with an amazing plot and fascinating characters, looking at my boy Sam... More

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