Review Exchange: The Clockwork Raven

1 year ago | Samuel Chapman (Member)

Hi all! I'm looking to drive more traffic to my web serial, The Clockwork Raven, and I'd be happy to trade reviews with someone if they're interested.

Summary: For ten years, Karla and Kio have known nothing but Nashido–the castle, floating thousands of feet above a vast ocean, that protects them with a combination of unreliable technology and unfathomable magic. Every day, they tend the massive vines that produce the oxygen they breathe, hunt birds for dinner with spring-loaded spears, and charge the castle’s engine battery by steering through lightning storms. They don’t remember much about when there were other people on Nashido, and the parts they do remember, they don’t talk about. Ever.

One thing keeps them going: Raven, an ornithopter they’re patching together in the hope of one day reaching the surface. Both of them have promised that they’ll set out for land together, or not at all. But then a skeletal winged beast attacks the castle without warning, reminding Karla and Kio how little they know about their flying prison . . . or about one another.

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Thanks for your time!

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  1. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Sure, sounds fun.

    As far as reviewing my stuff goes... well... I have well over half a million words up in Price. It's split into six novels that themselves are split into three different series (all having one starter and a sequel so far), each with an entirely different cast. One character has featured in two separate novel lines thus far.

    I make the comparison to Discworld in that regard. But only that one. I *wish* I had Pratchett's humor and wit.

    In any case, expecting you to review the *entire thing* would be patently absurd. So of the three series, I've got "heavily Arthurian inspired", something that's somewhere between Beowulf and James Bond in that it's more action and exploration than deep literature, and something that's Tristan and Isolde inspired.

    All folded up into a setting that pretends it's supers, but in many ways behaves more like urban fantasy. Because I apparently can't make up my mind on anything. Also, I grew up in love with the classic World of Darkness, and it's influenced my style.

    In any case, pick whichever one of the three you'd like to read.

    Author of Price.
  2. Samuel Chapman (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Geez, you don't make it easy to choose! Although you probably didn't mean literally Beowulf travelling the world fighting evil supervillains, but still...I'll get started on one soon and let you know.

    As for the feel/genre of Clockwork Raven, I've pitched it several times as "Studio Ghibli makes The Martian" and that really is still the best description. It's got the survival through ingenuity and experiment aspect, but also dragons and aircraft and a central friendship between a female and a male lead. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Actually... I *did* mean a character (not Beowulf, but a cybernetically enhanced special forces soldier) traveling the world (also the moon and a quarter mile under the Pacific Ocean) fighting... well, not always evil, not always supervillains, but dangerous people at any rate.

    In theory, he's working for the US government, but it's through a convoluted false flag as a mercenary organization. Because in a world of psychics, you need to make your false flags *very* convincing.

    Author of Price.
  4. ScreamingCandle (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Sounds groovy. I'll check this out. I'm already a little behind but this looks fun.

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