Clockwork Samurai

Clockwork Samurai

by Jeannie Lin


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The Gunpowder Chronicles continue as a woman left adrift by a dynasty in decline attempts to reclaim her family's honor...

Appointed to the Court of Physicians, Jin Soling can see that the newly-crowned Emperor is cracking, relying on opium to drown his troubles. The Qing Empire is failing, and war with the British is imminent, but the man to whom Soling was once engaged has a bold idea to save it.

A leader within the Ministry of Engineering, Chen Chang-wei suggests an alliance with the isolated island empire of Japan, whose scientists claim to have technical advancements that could turn the tide of the war.

Seeking to escape the politics of the imperial court, Soling arranges her own passage on the airship to Japan. But once they land, Chang-wei and Soling become targets of the shogunate's armored samurai assassins. Caught in an age-old battle between feudal tradition and innovation, and stranded in a land distrustful of foreigners, Soling and Chang-wei must find a way to fight back against the Western invaders-with the survival of both Qing Empire and the island nation of Japan at stake.

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ISBN-13: 9780990946250
Publisher: Jeannie Lin
Publication date: 11/05/2017
Pages: 234
Sales rank: 710,609
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

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Clockwork Samurai 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
MoRWAReviewsSTL More than 1 year ago
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KahlanMercy More than 1 year ago
Gunpowder Chronicles Book Two Jin Soling is living as the healer assigned to the Emperor's concubines until she is summoned by the Emperor, himself. After being seen by his counsel, she is the heart of palace rumors. When she asks her only somewhat-ally to reassign her, she gets more than she bargained for. She is reassigned to a mission on a foreign, enemy land with the one man who can tear her apart. Chang-wei was her former fiance until Jin's father was convicted as a traitor and her family exiled. Now she must find her way with him on Japanese soil. If you're looking for a gritty, steampunk story set in Asia, this is the book for you!
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Jin Soling is a physician in the Imperial Court. She doesn't like what she sees. The Emperor can't deal with the country's turmoil and is using opium to escape. Jin is wary. She wants to get away from the palace intrigue so she asks for a new assignment. When it does come through, she's surprised and mystified by her new post. She will be working with Chen Chang-wei. They had been promised to each other until her father's fall from grace. Now they are together. Where will this lead? Their mission is dangerous. They might not make it back. Jin is intelligent and watchful. She knows how quickly things change. Her father had been held in high esteem and then blamed for the loss the country suffered in battle. She and Chang-wei are together on the airship and their attraction comes to life. Chang-wei is not trusted by his superiors because of his radical thinking. However, he is loyal to his homeland. He wants to visit Japan and make contact with other scientists. This country would be a powerful ally. Once they land, things don't do as planned. They are being pursued by dangerous assassins. I was pulled into this story by the non-stop action and the amazing inventions and curiosities. The characters are well written and the steampunk element is addictive. Their adventure kept me on the edge of my seat. I love the writing of Jeannie Lin. She combines history with an touch of fantasy. I am looking forward to more stories.
Sophia-Rose1 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Jeannie Lin's Gunpowder Chronicles Asian Steampunk World with the first story in this series and was eager to take up the next segment of Soling and Chen-wei's adventures. I go to this author when I want a historical romance that is in touch with the time period, the characters are colorful as well as deep, and the weaving of the story is complex and riveting. The creative inclusion of steampunk in this latest series just added to the delight. This is book two and as the series title suggests, these are chronicles that should be read in order to gain the whole feel of the story. Even having read the first one, it took me a little bit to re-immerse myself in the story. It has been a year since the adventures that Soling and Chen-wei shared as they fought off the rebels, hunted for the source of the tainted opium, and began clearing the family name. Now, Jin Soling is a physician in the Forbidden City to the Emperor's Concubines. Her father's name has been cleared, but people have long memories. Her mother is shaky, but seems clear of the opium habit and her younger brother is doing well in school. Soling is content because she can help her family and is doing work in her area of study, but there is a restlessness, too. She wants to be doing more. And what of the connection she shared with Chen-wei? He is an engineer for the ministry and has little time for her. But then a summons comes from the emperor. Soling is needed to cure his headache. This summons puts her in the spotlight before the council and around the court. Soling isn't pleased and she suspects the emperor is toying with her. At the same time, she learns that Chen Wei is planning a journey to Japan in hopes of securing a cooperation with that government against the encroaching Europeans who ply the opium and are taking over China's coast. The council is not behind Chen Wei's plan, but surprisingly allow him to go. And more surprisingly, Soling is allowed to go with him. Chen-wei is being enigmatic and not sharing all he knows, but he does explain to Soling that at one time her father had contact with a scientist in Japan and now Chen-wei hopes to encounter him to help smooth the way for an audience with the government. Japan is a very suspicious, insular nation and doesn't allow foreigners beyond the sectioned walls of the port trade city of Nagasaki. They squash any attempt to bring in foreign ways and thinking. There is grave danger that stalks them now on their quest and Soling can't be entirely sure of Chen-wei's motives. But her heart trusts him and is glad to be with him. Is there a chance of a future together in a world at war? The first book did most of the set up for the series and this one jumped right in, but it was fun that the focus shifted off 19th Century China to Japan and the Shogunate. I was impressed with how the plot was never compromised for historic details, but yet the details were there to appreciate and enjoy. The steampunk aspect fit so naturally into the story. I loved the magic of the clockwork karakuri. By the way, as a side trail, I was glad to be able to read the short steampunk fairytale, The Warlord and the Nightingale, that was set in the same world as this current story. It helped me appreciate the setting and circumstances of this story more. The plot is still moving along their fight to push out the foreign invaders of China, discover what is behind the tainted opium that is looking mo