An early clockpunk work -- intrigue and drama in a world where the tyrannical Goblins, the Maglore, have been overthrown, but the hundred human realms are dependent on the hundred surviving Goblin "Jewels" -- in actuality, magical pieces of clockwork that do such things as maintain mines or keep the shores safe.
I didn't choose this book because of the blurb on the back cover, or because it was recommended to me. I chose it because the cover looked so different from current fantasy novels. The mystery that surrounded the Maglore usually would have driven me insane, but as the reader knew only as much as the characters, I thought that it really added to the tone of the novel.
It's a rare fantasy novel with a large cast comprised entirely of nuanced and interesting characters. Tremeur Brouilliard, on the other hand, is Edgerton's Nastasiya Filippovna and possibly my favorite character.
Apparently the Goblins are better at magic/science than the humans, and humans had been low class/slaves to them for thousands of years.
I liked the rich and complicated world and characters and I loved the idea of the goblin machines that were needed to support the existence of life. So I would absolutely recommend The Queen's Necklace, especially if you're looking for something a little different. Two fascinating characters vanish into the night and I need to know what happens to them! I like books which don't tie everything up at the end, I do, really, but if there is ever a sequel, I really want to know about it! I feel a bit hypocritical saying this, because generally I don't like huge amounts of depth on minor characters, especially as everything is charging towards the climax and things are really exciting.
In former times, many many years ago, the Goblins were the masters. But now the time has come for the Maglore Goblins to repress and rule humanity once more. As with her super recent book Goblin Moon, this fantasy is a mixture of Regency era society dancing and deportment, betrothal dinners, kidskin gloves, golden guineas and also strange magics and one overarching quest.
The Maglore are great characters, and I love the world Edgerton has created, but Wilrowans clichéd romance with his sometime-rival Lilianna of the Specularri is horribly boring.
Overall, an enjoyable storyline and an engaging cast of characters, especially for those who enjoy fiction set in the late 18th century.
My own published work includes eleven fantasy novels, written under my own name and my pseudonym, Madeline Howard, as well as short fiction, reviews, interviews, and articles on writing. I live with my husband, two adult children, a son-in-law, two grandsons, assorted pets, and more books than you might think would fit in the remaining space.