Agatha Heterodyne and the Clockwork Princess (Girl Genius, #5)

By Phil Foglio

Rating: 4 stars

Agatha Heterodyne is travelling under cover with her companion Krosp (the emperor of all cats) with a travelling circus on her way to her ancestral home of Mechanicsburg when they are attacked by a horde of monsters. They make it as far as Sturmhalten, a town ruled by a minor Spark, where Agatha’s voice is recognised and she is kidnapped for nefarious purposes.

The volume ends with a stinker of a cliffhanger as Agatha seems lost to us, but I knew it was coming up (having read the webcomic online) and knew how it resolves, so it didn’t bother me as much as these things normally do. This volume gives us more details on the J√§germonsters and fills in more of the Girl Genius world, while keeping a focus on the characters and the story moves at a decent pace, making it very readable. More is revealed about the Other, the war of recent history and the role that Baron Wulfenbach had in it. The story is well-paced so that revelations and plot resolutions are drip-fed to the reader as new plot threads are added, so it never feels too frustrating at any given time.

Recommended for mad scientists and minions alike (just remember to start from the beginning).

Book details

ISBN: 9781890856397
Publisher: Studio Foglio
Year of publication: 2006

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