COGLING, by Jordan Elizabeth
Genre: Middle-Grade fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: January 25, 2016
Cover Artist: Mandie Manzano
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When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little
brother’s neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for
help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a
device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been
forced to work in factories.
Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags’ swamp, with Ike
in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion
and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are
helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially
when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors.
Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if
Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.
Book Musings :
I received a free book for an honest review. My review isn't compromised in any way.
This was a fun book to read and I enjoyed it very much! I don't know if it is a series or a standalone but I sure hope the author would continue with the characters and the story line.
One of the strong points of the story was the cast of characters. Everyone had something to add to the story and I didn't feel any character was superfluous. Edna came across as a brave but at times naive person. She did make up for her naivety with her unflinching courage and her determination to find her brother. Ike meanwhile was the perfect hero with his helping Edna out on her quest inspite of starting off as a thief and a somewhat anti character with hidden agenda in the beginning. The antagonist, Mother Sambucus and her group were well crafted and they added the necessary oomph to the adventure.
The world building was descriptive enough to get the imagery right and the different types of species introduced were innovative in some areas and pretty regular in others. But the concept was unique and a bit different from others. I haven't read many steampunk based books but this has made me more eager to try out the genre. I am looking forward to more of the authors' books. I have another of hers on my review pile so I can't wait now to get to it!
My rating : 5/5
Meet the Author :
her dreams. With an eclectic job history of working as a college professor; historic costumed
interpreter at Fort Stanwix, Victorian Leisure Fair, and Mayfaire on the Green; office specialist;
sales clerk; election inspector; and trainer, she is now diving into the world of author.It happens
to be her favorite one.
When she’s not creating art or searching for lost history in the woods, she’s updating her blog,
Kissed by Literature. Jordan is the president of the Utica Writers Club and maintains
She roams Central New York, but she loves to travel. A great deal of time has been spent in a
rural town very similar to Arnn, the setting of her novel ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD
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