I’ve spent the past year getting to know Beth Cato both through her books and in person, so this review is a bit biased. And it’s probably not surprising that I enjoyed this little trip back to the steampunk world of her “Clockwork” duology.
Octavia and Alonzo are settled into their life at the medician school in Caskentia, but there are other stories to be told. Cato’s new e-novella, Wings of Sorrow and Bone, available on Tuesday, November 10, explores a pair of side characters from her last novel, The Clockwork Crown, Rivka Stout and Tatiana Garret, as they nervously try to find their place in the world.
The two girls discover that Tamaranian politician Balthazar Cody is experimenting on gremlins to create a mecha-chimera to compete in the blood sports at the Arena. The pair, along with apprentice medician Broderick set out to disrupt his plans by writing an anonymous book about the plight of the gremlins.
Familiar themes of insecurity, self-discovery, baking, and love of animals infuse the story, which provides a nice dessert after the main course of Cato’s “Clockwork” duology. And while Cato’s next work, Breath of Earth, is an alternate history fantasy set in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, Wings of Sorrow and Bone proves Caskentia has more stories within its borders waiting to be written.
Read more of my thoughts on Wings of Sorrow and Bone at “The Nameless Zine” on Sunday, Nov. 15.