Come inside and take a seat; the show is about to begin....
Outside any city still standing, the Mechanical Circus Tresaulti sets up its tents. Crowds pack the benches to gawk at the brass-and-copper troupe and their impossible feats: Ayar the Strong Man, the acrobatic Grimaldi Brothers, fearless Elena and her aerialists who perform on living trapezes. War is everywhere, but while the Circus is performing, the world is magic. That magic is no accident: Boss builds her circus from the bones out, molding a mechanical company that will survive the unforgiving landscape. But even a careful ringmaster can make mistakes.
Two of Tresaulti's performers are entangled in a secret standoff that threatens to tear the circus apart just as the war lands on their doorstep. Now the Circus must fight a war on two fronts: one from the outside, and a more dangerous one from within.
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Beautiful, tragic and grotesque
The story becomes compelling the longer you listen.
This is one of those fantastic story lines where you simply suspend disbelief (really how could she possibly replace bone with copper tubes???) because you are simply drawn into the charaters' plight. The fact that the story manages to be compelling and horrific at the same time certainly helps keep you listening.
As any good circus: Both Beautiful and Terrifying
Beautiful, Sad, Memorable
My favorite character would have to be Stenos for his complexity and strangely broken angst filled nature.
What didn't I like! It is one of the real joys of Audiobooks to hear such a great reader not simply read the words of the book but actually embody each character in a different voice. With the constant shifting POV of Mechanique I think this enhanced the experience of the story itself.
Mechanique is beautifully written and beautifully performed. I keep mostly to ebooks and audiobooks nowadays but this is one I'll probably purchase a physical copy to read again, glad to have come to it through this excellent audio version first.
- Jeff Xilon