The Clockwork Dagger

The Clockwork Dagger




and a world tree who most definitely plays favorites.

Enter the world of

The Clockwork Dagger

out now in

trade paperback & ebook

from Harper Voyager


Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.


Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.

The first chapter

of The Clockwork Dagger can be read on

The second book of the set is The Clockwork Crown. There are also stories set in the same world.

Find out more about the world and characters in the series and read reviews, interviews, and guest blogs about the books.

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Trade Paperback & eBook

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-06-231384-3

ebook ASIN (Amazon): B00HLIYZ5U

ebook ISBN (Nook): 978-0-06-231385-0

Released: September 16, 2014


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Author Blurbs

The Clockwork Dagger was just what I needed: A steampunk adventure with an uncommon heroine, a fascinating magic system, and a young gremlin! I’m hooked and can’t wait for more Octavia and Leaf!”

New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne


“Full of magic and steampunk adventure, Beth Cato’s The Clockwork Dagger will delight fans of Meljean Brooks Iron Seas Series.”

—Nicole Peeler


Dr. Quinn meets Dreadnought in this thrilling, delightful tale combining the political stakes of epic fantasy, the airships and corsets of steampunk, and the heartwarming joy of romance. Excellent fun for lovers of Cherie Priest and Scott Westerfeld.”

—Michael R. Underwood, author of Geekomancy


“Airships, assassins, pulp writers, and an independent, appealing heroine: The Clockwork Dagger is an exciting debut full of mysterious magic, forbidden romance, and adventure at 5,000 feet.”

—Tina Connolly, author of Ironskin


The Clockwork Dagger had me at hello and kept me with unexpected twists, intriguing magic and splendid betrayals. At the satisfying conclusion, my immediate impulse was to enquire in tones of gentle inquiry, when do I get to read the sequel!?!?”

—C. E. Murphy


"Beth Cato's well-crafted steampunk, The Clockwork Dagger, is a satisfying and multilayered read. Cato takes you on an airship ride you won't soon forget."

—Cassie Alexander