Fiddlehead (Clockwork Century)

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The American Civil War has dragged on for nearly two decades, and a beleaguered President Grant finds himself caught between two forces: a woman with a weapon she claims will finally end the war and an inventor in the employ of former President Lincoln who believes a dire threat will soon menace North and South alike. Lincoln turns to the Pinkertons and agent Maria Boyd to investigate the threat, but with enemies all around them, who will survive? And what will become of the nation if the weapon is unleashed?

After giving us action, exploration, horror, and war, Cherie Priest offers an unexpected conclusion to the Clockwork Century series: her take on espionage and political thrillers. Fiddlehead is a marvelous mishmash of previously-seen characters, historical icons, and new influences tying together previous threads. It’s terrific to spend a little more time with a few favorite characters. (And the glimpse into CC-style Washington D.C. and its squabbling, power-hungry miscreants proves unsettlingly familiar.)

Fiddlehead is a slower, quieter thriller — the action doesn’t really gear up until about halfway through — but that totally worked for me. The novel plays out like a chess game, providing a suitable sendoff to an enjoyable series.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Tor Books
Publish Date 2013-Nov-12
ISBN 9780765334077 Buy this Book
Issue February 2014
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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