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Cover & Synopsis: “Fiddlehead” by Cherie Priest (+ A “Clockwork Century” Cover Gallery!)

Check out the cover art and synopsis of Cherie Priest’ upcoming Clockwork Century novel Fiddlehead.

Here’s the synopsis:

Ex-spy ‘Belle Boyd’ is retired – more or less. Retired from spying on the Confederacy anyway. Her short-lived marriage to a Union navy boy cast suspicion on those Southern loyalties, so her mid-forties found her unemployed, widowed and disgraced. Until her life-changing job offer from the staunchly Union Pinkerton Detective Agency.

When she’s required to assist Abraham Lincoln himself, she has to put any old loyalties firmly aside – for a man she spied against twenty years ago.Lincoln’s friend Gideon Bardsley, colleague and ex-slave, is targeted for assassination after the young inventor made a breakthrough. Fiddlehead, Bardsley’s calculating engine, has proved an extraordinary threat threatens the civilized world. Meaning now is not the time for conflict.

Now Bardsley and Fiddlehead are in great danger as forces conspire to keep this secret, the war moving and the money flowing. With spies from both camps gunning for her, can even the notorious Belle Boyd hold the war-hawks at bay?

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (November 12, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0765334070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765334077

This makes the 5th book in the Clockwork Century series…

[cover via, synopsis via Risingshadow.]

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7 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: “Fiddlehead” by Cherie Priest (+ A “Clockwork Century” Cover Gallery!)

  1. Another fun cover in this entertaining series. I’m so glad they have maintained a design consistency throughout.

    • Yeah, me too. I really think it helps draw readers to them. As long as the covers are appealing in the first place. 🙂

      • Yes, there is that. I noticed with these pictured that there is a mixture of the U.S. and U.K. covers here (which surprisingly have more continuity than you usually see with books from each side of the pond).

  2. Interesting. It doesn’t look all that connected to the other stories. I’ll be interested in seeing what she does with this one.

  3. So was the protagonist a spy for the Union (as implied by the “Retired from spying on the Confederacy” statement), or for the Confederacy (as implied by the “for a man she spied against twenty years ago” phrase)?

    I wonder if the synopsis was algorithmically generated …

  4. Priest’s novel “Clementine” (published by a different publisher) featured Belle and Capt Croggan Hainey (whose ship was stolen at the end of “Boneshaker”, I believe). I recommend reading “Clementine” before this next book comes out. Belle is quite the character!

    • Indeed. That’s also an mistake made in this article it’s the 6th book in the clockwork century.

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