Friday, April 15, 2016

Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth

by Jordan Elizabeth
285 pages
Curiosity Quills Press  
January 2016

Book Jacket Summary
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.
My Thoughts
I have always loved a good Steampunk novel and Cogling is a good edition to the genre. Edna is a hard working maid that needs her income to help her family survive. When her brother is changed out for a Cogling she risks everything to go and find him. Ike is a thief who has a vendetta against the hags and is willing to help Edna get her brother back. I really like these two characters and their chemistry. Edna is not sure of Ike at first but trusts that he wants to prove that the hags are swapping out children. It is a simple story that follows all the basic plot points of a fantasy novel but I thought it was a fun read. The reader can read between the lines and figure out Ike's secrets early on but it is interesting to feel Edna's reaction to them. There is also the spoiled girl that Edna works for who is dragged into the story. I do like that she retains her snobbish ways throughout the story but also grows as a character. 
This is a by the numbers fantasy with lots of Steampunk elements thrown in for good measure. I did enjoy the story and tweens should get a kick out of it. Buy the Kindle version when it goes on sale.

Book Pairings
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare  
Airborn (Matt Cruse, #1) by Kenneth Oppel
Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1) by Gail Carriger



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