Clockwork Sister – A Review

Clockwork Sister by M E Rodman is the sixth release in the Luna Novella series by Luna Press Publishing.

This is an ambitious novella which crams a fantasy novel’s worth of worldbuilding into a small space. The story follows Aeon a simulacra, a creation of flesh and clockwork magically combined to protect their rich human’s from the attacks of curse workers. Aeon is an identical copy of Mara, princess of the Tamyin Empire. When Mara dies Aeon is marked for unmaking. After a botched attempt to euthanise her, she is taken in by a family of rogue simulacra living in the city slums. When one of the rogues dies it uncovers a vast conspiracy at the heart of the empire in which Aeon is inextricably ensnared.

I really enjoyed this and it’s a nice, quick read. The world and characters are fairly developed but I couldn’t help but feel that they deserved more space. For example the variety of the different types of simulacra could have been expanded upon in subsequent trips to the same world. The very depth of the world was almost too rich for the page count. But maybe that just shows that I was left wanting more once the final page was turned?

Rodman is obviously going to be a writer to watch.

Published by suttope

Pete Sutton has a not so secret lair in the wilds of Fishponds, Bristol and dreams up stories, many of which are about magpies. He's had stuff published, online and in book form, and currently has a pile of words that one day may possibly be a novel. He wrote all about Fishponds for the Naked Guide to Bristol and has made more money from non-fiction than he has from fiction and wonders if that means the gods of publishing are trying to tell him something. You can find him all over social media or worrying about events he’s organised at the Bristol Festival of Literature. On Twitter he’s @suttope and his Bristol Book Blog is here: He's contributing editor of Far Horizons e-magazine which can be found here:

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