Tags: Airship, Battle, Book, Brassmen, British, Chinese, Clockwork, death, Dirigible, Escapement, Girl, Gleam, International, Jay Lake, Love, Planets run on Tracks, Plot, Secret Sects, Steam Engine, SteamPunk, Submarine
Escapement, by Jay Lake. 3 Stars out of 5. A novel set in a SteamPunk universe where the world is hollow and filled with gears, and a giant Wall dividing the world is guarded by mechanical Brass Men. This is the sequel to Mainspring (maybe, it’s hard to tell if it’s actually a sequel). The story follows a young girl from a tiny fishing village who wants to see more of the world, and as fate would have it, is compelled to do just that. Soon into her journey, she learns of the great mechanical prowess of the British, and sets out for England. However, her skills in constructing the rare Gleam attract the attentions of evil-doers, and her magnificent adventure ensues.