Today I’m super excited to share with you this book which came in the post right at the start of October.  This book is known as a hydropunk novel (I think it’s steampunk with water instead!).  I remember requesting this on hearing about it and jus loving the part about the lovesick mouse, but I didn’t realise this book would be so HUGE!  There are over 700 pages in this book so I’m going to be dedicating most of this month to reading this! 😀  Let’s take a look at this book and a massive thanks to Paige from Head of Zeus for this finished hardback copy of the book!…

October Book haul Head of Zeus close up of book
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A Clockwork River by J. S. Emery – A sister searches for her missing brother as a new power rises amid the splendour and the squalor of a once great city.
Time is running out for the Clockwork River.
Lower Rhumbsford is a city far removed from its glory days. On the banks of the great river Rhumb, its founding fathers channelled the river’s mighty flow into a subterranean labyrinth of pipes, valves and sluices, a feat of hydraulic prowess that would come to power an empire. But a thousand years have passed since then, and something is wrong: the pipes are leaking, the valves stuck, the sluices silted and the once torrential Rhumb has been reduced to a sluggish trickle.
The fortunes of the Locke family, descendants of the city’s most celebrated engineer, are similarly reduced. In a once fashionable quarter of the once great city, siblings Samuel and Briony Locke distract themselves: Sam tends to his vast lock collection instead of finishing his engineering thesis; facing the prospect of a disagreeable marriage, Briony occupies herself with alchemical experiments.
One night Samuel leaves the house carrying five of his most precious locks and doesn’t come back. As she searches for her brother, Briony will be drawn into a web of ancestral secrets and imperial intrigues as a ruthless new power arises. If brother and sister are to be reunited, they will need the help of a tight-lipped house spirit, a convict gang, a tribe of troglodytes, an association of antiques enthusiasts, a travelling theatrical troupe, the Ladies Whist Club, the Deep State, and a lovesick mouse.
Epic, rollicking and in love with language, Jacob and Sara Emery’s sprawling debut novel of humble kitchen magics and awe-inspiring civil engineering is a rare and delicious commodity – the world’s first hydropunk novel.


Doesn’t this sound interesting?  The book was just published yesterday and I just love the cover of this novel, it’s so beautiful, there’s a map inside too which you can see in my blog tour book review post and it just sounds so interesting, and I couldn’t help but love the ‘lovesick mouse’ bit, but wow is it BIG 9and heavy!)!  My blog tour date is the 25th October so please look out for that and in the meantime tell me what you think of this book?

Do you enjoy reading larger books?  What books are you looking forward to reading this month?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂