#BlogTour #BookReview The Mechanical Maestro by Emily Owen
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Publisher: Silverwood books
Available: 18th May 2020
Genre: Fiction / Historical / Young Adult / Steampunk
Brothers George and Douglas Abernathy are clockmakers who are barely scraping a living in their family’s shop. They are also brilliant inventors with a sideline building custom- built androids and other technology ahead of its time. Their sixteen-year-old sister, Molly, is also a genius, specialising in transformative plant biology, but earns her keep by sewing.
The Abernathys’ fortunes improve dramatically when the brothers invent a clockwork automaton composer named Maestro, whose musical artistry takes London by storm. But there are those who believe Maestro is a fake, and others who think him a monstrosity.
As Maestro tries to make sense of the world of London’s high- society which he is thrown into, he incites the interest of sinister figures who would go to any lengths to discover what makes him tick.
This was a truly brilliant book to delve into from start to very end, the writing as wonderfully done as the cover itself contained in! Certainly one to grab soon, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series brings!
The first thing that pulled me into the book was the beautiful cover, and I’m confident so many of you will agree that it’s often a positive when considering a book. Gorgeous covers are such a huge selling point! Having seen it and been curious, I had a read of the blurb, and by that point I was sold. It sounded so GOOD, and so unique.
The book didn’t disappoint! The writing style is perfect, easy to read and sink into, full of wonderfully rounded imagery that leaves you so entirely immersed in the world the Author describes for you that someone speaking to you leaves a moment of confusion! It’s like stepping wholly into a different time and place, then suddenly being yanked back to the real world, and that has to be my favourite thing about reading. It’s so important that we feel transported elsewhere for a slice of our time, and wow does this Author deliver in glorious fashion!
I have previously read many stories set in Victorian London, and I generally find they fall into two areas. Either the tone of the time goes too deep and leaves a disconnect from the story, needing more concentration and in some cases an amount of translation, trying to capture the tone and style reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice…. or they lack the research and feel like the story is actually placed in recent times with occasional suggestions of previous society. However, I found that this was the perfect in-between! The attitudes and societal considerations are accurately portrayed in a way that’s comfortable to digest. It’s the perfect balance for Historical Fiction in my opinion!
There’s so much humour throughout the book I often found myself smiling or outright chuckling at the variety of witty comments and interactions between the characters! The story manages to have smaller and larger plots interweaving seamlessly and forming a very clever tapestry of plot that somehow remains comfortable to follow. The story never follows the path you expect, keeping it fun, surprising and yet still a relaxing read to wind down with.
The characters are very varied within the Abernathy family, each easily distinguishable from the others for their own personalities and entertaining quirks.
Although the story is Young adult, this really will appeal to so many people for a huge variety of reasons. Whether the historical element, the fictional, societal, or the unique storyline and brilliant sense of family recreated. This was a truly wonderful story, and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series will take me!
About The Author:
Since completing her Masters by Research, Emily Owen has worked as an Archives Assistant at the University of Huddersfield. She lives in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. http://www.e-owen.uk