Clockwork Alchemist (The Thief’s Apprentice Book 1) by Sara C Roethle

I had to interrupt my reading of Harley Merlin to read Clockwork Alchemist as we’re talking about it starting Sunday in my Facebook group. This is not my normal style of book to read. It’s a historical fantasy.

A quote from Clockwork Alchemist by Sara C Roethle

Arhyen Croft is a thief- a professional thief. He’s been hired to steal a journal from Fairfax Breckenridge. Arhyen travels to Breckenridge’s underground compound in the country.

A quote from Clockwork Alchemist by Sara C Roethle

Liliana Breckenridge is the daughter of Fairfax. However, she’s also an automaton. Liliana sat in the dark after her father died, waiting for someone to come. When Arhyen arrives, she questions Arhyen about why he is there.

Clockwork Alchemist by Sara C Roethle

Brief Summary (while trying not to give everything away)

In Clockwork Alchemist, Arhyen discovers Liliana, who is not like most automatons. She feels emotions. Liliana demands that Arhyen take her with him after she leads him to the journal. When they return to London, Arhyen realizes that he has no papers for Liliana. Fortunately, Ephraim, a detective and sort of friend of Arhyen, happens by.

Everyone wants Liliana once they realize that she is an automaton with feelings. Throughout the book, everyone clamors to get their hands on her. Arhyen defends and protects her to the best of his ability. Want to know what else happens? Read the book!


While it wasn’t my normal style of book, it wasn’t bad. It is the start of a series, but I’m not sure if I’ll finish it. I am not a huge science gal and this would definitely appeal to the more science minded readers. Clockwork Alchemist raises some interesting philosophical questions about whether souls can be manufactured.

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And in case you hadn’t figured it out, my plan for 2021 is to write a blog post for each book I read. Last year, I read 150 books. We’ll see how I do this year.

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