The Cogsmith’s Daughter

COGSYNOPSIS: In a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland, one king rules with absolute power and unquenchable lust, until the cogsmith’s daughter risks everything for vengeance.

Two-hundred years ago, the steam-powered world experienced an apocalyptic flood. When the waters dried up, the survivors settled around their steamship in a wasteland they named Desertera. Believing the flood and drought were caused by a scorned goddess, the monarchs demanded execution for anyone who commits the unforgivable sin—adultery.

Today, King Archon entraps his wives in the crime of adultery, executing each boring bride to pursue his next infatuation. Most nobles overlook King Archon’s behavior, but when Lord Varick’s daughter falls victim to the king’s schemes, he vows revenge.

When Aya Cogsmith was a young girl, King Archon had her father executed for treason. Orphaned and forced to turn to prostitution for survival, Aya dreams of avenging her father’s death. When Lord Varick approaches Aya with plans for vengeance, she agrees to play the king’s seductress—even though it puts her at risk for execution.

Packed with high-society intrigue, dappled with seduction, and driven by revenge, The Cogsmith’s Daughter is a new adult steampunk dystopian novel with the perfect mixture ofconspiracy and romance.

REVIEW: This is the best steampunk novel I have read to date. The whole idea of a kingdom in the form of a ship, the tying of futurism to the mystery of the past, the use of a lowly cogsmith’s daughter (in itself a touch of genius) to uncover the king’s murderous schemes, and the pure originality of the whole setting takes this genre to a new level.

The story is very well written with strong characters, and natural flowing conversations. It keeps one expecting anything to go wrong at any time.

It is a truly pleasurable read… Love the Originality!



  1. Reblogged this on Kate M. Colby and commented:
    “This is the best steampunk novel I have read to date.” You can’t get praise much greater than that! Thank you so much to Kevin for his wonderful review of The Cogsmith’s Daughter. I highly recommend his site for anyone looking for their next great read, or for independent authors seeking a place to share about their work. Go check it out!

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  2. Thank you so much for your wonderful review, Kevin! I’m very glad that you enjoyed The Cogsmith’s Daughter, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my future work as well. And another thank you to everyone who has been/will be checking out the novel. I hope you all enjoy it, too!

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  3. I was waiting for your review of this hoping it would be a good read. I remember reading about it and being quite fascinated wondering if it would turn out to be as good as it promised. Great to hear you enjoyed it.

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    • It’s a surprisingly easy read… I mean that in a very good way. I will definitely read more of Kate’s work after reading this. I like it when an author surprises me with something new; something I probably could/would never come up with in a million years, even more so when it’s well-written. 🙂

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