A Clockwork Fairytale by Helen Scott Taylor

A Clockwork Fairytale

                      A Clockwork Fairytale


Abandoned as a young child, plucky, seventeen-year-old Melba was raised like a boy to pick pockets and run messages in the poor outer circles of Royal Malverne Isle. But she longs to move up the criminal hierarchy and become a spy. When nineteen-year-old Turk, a spymaster and local folk hero, accepts her pledge to join his gang, she thinks the Great Earth Jinn has heard her prayer. With his exotic, dark southern looks and wealthy lifestyle in the inner circle, Turk fascinates her. Not only is he a famous spy, he also wields earth magic, and he teaches her to raise tiny, playful Jinns from flowers. But Turk is not who he seems. He follows the orders of a higher power and his master has secret plans for Melba, plans that make her a target of the evil Royal Victualler's foul magic, plans that challenge Melba and Turk's beliefs about life and duty, plans that tear them apart, just as they discover what it means to fall in love.

Suitable for adults and teenagers.
Kindle Edition
Published August 25th 2011 by Amazon (first published August 24th 2011) 


A Clockwork Fairytale is a fantastic Streampunk novel. I usually don't care to read Streampunk, as they seem to forces a lot on the gadgets and machinery, but Helen Scott Taylor kept this storyline true to the characters. Taylor puts just enough gadgets to remind you that are reading a Streampunk without it taking over the storyline. She has also created an awesome fantasy world. With the clear, descriptive writing, I could easily visualize the port city of Royal Malverne Isle and the lives of the characters.

Melba was kidnapped at a young age from her royal family. She was given to Maddox for safe keeping till she turned seventeen. Maddox, who became Malba's pledge Master, raised her as a boy and trained Malba to be a runner and thief. With the way Malba was raised, she’s head-strong and has a sassy mouth. Definitely not princess material. When
Turk, who is a spymaster, rescues her from Sailors that have attacked her, Malba pledges herself to Turk to be trained as a spy. Turk doesn't know Melba is a girl, but when he discovers she has twelve toes, he knows Melba is the missing princess the King's daughter. Turk realizes he has to return Melba to her father, but first he has try to make her a lady.

Melba has a big problem becoming a lady. She has no problem acting like one when it comes to her love for Turk. Turk might be a spymaster, but he’s been raised by the Shining brotherhood, which means he’s also a Monk. Turk and Melba's romance definitely has a few problems, but Melba’s sassy self is not going to let a little thing like Turk being a Monk stop her from having the only guy she’s ever going to love.

I loved all the characters in A Clockwork Fairytale, and I love that Helen Scott Taylor brought paranormal into this Steampunk storyline. A Clockwork Fairytale has plenty of action, drama, magic, and romance that I definitely recommend as a must read.


  1. Thanks for the wonderful review, Debbie. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the story.

  2. You're so very welcome, Thank you for writing this awesome novel! I enjoyed reading Melba and Turk's story so much :)