Alchemy and mechanical construct come together to form Clakkers; robot servants with awareness, driven by varying levels of geas to make their owners lives easier.
In the Louis XIV era, the French harnessing the Clakker technology is top priority in order to turn the tides against the Dutch’s own Clakker forces. But what happens when one goes rogue, wanting to be free and free others?
Why is this on our bookshelf?
George R.R. Martin’s endorsement goes a long way, but if that’s not enough for you, Ian Tregillis is a Clarion alum, and holds a Ph.D. in physics. As an already accomplished author, there’s plenty of reasons to make room for this on our shelf.
Rating (4 stars)
Having only read one other of Ian Tregillis’ novels (which was also heavy on the religious and philosophical subject matter), I knew I was going to enjoy The Mechanical.
Many of the same ideas made an appearance here in a slightly different format/setting. There’s a LOT to think about in this tale, and it’s presented beautifully. From the setting, to the characters, it’s simply gorgeous.
Read this book:
If you think that we can all benefit from mechanicals. You might change your mind after this.
Don't Read this book:
Skip it if you don’t like religion or philosophy, OR having your religious beliefs challenged.
Once you're done, do this:
Brush up on some history and hit up Google or Wikipedia to see where the book takes place, and learn about some of the events that are mentioned.