This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Jordan Elizabeth. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek
Also by this author: Escape from Witchwood Hollow
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, young adult
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Format: ARC, E-book
Source: Author, Jordan Elizabeth
Purchase at: Amazon
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.
This is the second book I have read from author Jordan Elizabeth Mierek and she has such a talent for bringing the story to life. Her detailed writing never fails to surprise me. This is a steampunk inspired fantasy that was filled with action from beginning to end. Written for middle grade/young adult but is bound to delight readers of all ages.
The idea behind the story is different and almost appalling. Creatures known as Hags are stealing children to work in their factories, leaving coglings (essentially humanized automatons) in place of the children so that their theft goes without discovery. These children are forced to knit their dreams into blessings or spells while their life essence is being drained away. This is a dark fantasy for sure.
The villains of this story are the hags but they are not all what they seem. The Hags are people (witches) who are able to use magic and their talents are used to help members of society but they are treated like dirt. It is deplorable. Throughout the book the backstory of the Hags come through and you start to see that there are some good Hags who are only trying to help others.
Edna is introduced as the older sister to Harrison. She is overworked, desperate, and bitter, it is these details that make it believable that she would not investigate the glaring differences that she noticed in her “brother” after he had been switched. She was so hurried and stressed to get to work that she overlooked a few oddities that she noticed in her brother. Most people would have questioned their sibling almost immediately, at least I know I would have, but given how the character is described it makes it believable that she did not truly take notice of her brothers change.
As a character Edna was repetitive. Everything was either about saving her brother or the “evil” lurking inside of her. I heard about the “evil” for more than half of the book before I learned what the evil was. Sorry but it earned an eye-roll from me. Ike as a character is sly. He has his own agenda is not above using anyone for his own means but he is also a good guy in his own way. He definitely brought the adventure to this story.
The story itself as whole was really fascinating, a real good versus evil with a supernatural twist. There were many character types we are familiar with and a few new creations as well. There is no lack of imagination on the Author’s part that is for sure. This story does have some romance but it nothing too serious and it is actually quite sweet. The ending comes very fast, could even be described as rushed. For fans of steampunk fantasy this story is bound to please.