Book two in the Steampunk Chronicles, The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross continues the adventures of the Duke of Greystone (Griffin King) and his entourage – all of whom have strange super-hero-like powers. Finley, Emily, and Sam accompany Griffin to New York in order to track down their Jasper Renn and hopefully clear his name.
Jasper quickly realizes that the men who captured him in England are not the Federal Marshals they claim to be, but rather represent the heavy hand of a man Jasper had once crossed. Dalton is furious with Jasper for a job gone wrong. Dalton is pulling all the stops to get the device Jasper carefully hid back, including using Jasper’s old flame, Mei, as collateral. Mei wears a strange clockwork collar that only Dalton can control. One false move from Jasper and Dalton will have that collar tighten and tighten around Mei’s neck.
Griffin’s team is bent on helping Jasper, and Finley goes undercover to try to infiltrate Dalton’s gang. It’s a dangerous game, and one that Finley finds too attractive.
I was disappointed in this book, compared to the first. It felt drawn out with too much of an emphasis on Griffin and Finley trying to figure out their feelings for each other and mostly just baiting each other. There are also MULTIPLE love triangles in this series, which I accepted for the first book (The Girl in the Steel Corset) but was annoyed with in this book.
I also had a harder time buying into the era/setting, though I don’t really know what about it seemed off. One point may be that these people are supposed to be BRITISH but they drink coffee in the morning. That seems very odd to me.
On the other hand, there was steampunk and fantasy, some good ass-kicking, and enough character development that I’ll still keep on with the series.