Legacy of the Clockwork Key (The Secret Order #1) by Kristin Bailey
A teen girl unravels the mysteries of a secret society and their most dangerous invention in this adventure-swept romance set in Victorian London.
When a fire consumes Meg’s home, killing her parents and destroying both her fortune and her future, all she has left is the tarnished pocket watch she rescued from the ashes. But this is no ordinary timepiece. The clock turns out to be a mechanical key—a key that only Meg can use—that unlocks a series of deadly secrets and intricate clues that Meg is compelled to follow.
Meg has uncovered evidence of an elite secret society and a dangerous invention that some will stop at nothing to protect—and that Meg alone can destroy. Together with the handsome stable hand she barely knows but hopes she can trust, Meg is swept into a hidden world of deception, betrayal, and revenge. The clockwork key has unlocked her destiny in this captivating start to a trilogy.
Legacy of the Clockwork Key holds a series of incredible inventions. From Meg’s hidden master key to dangerous mechanical reincarnations of Greek mythology, Kristin Bailey wows her audience!
After the death of Meg Whitlock’s parents to a mysterious fire, she’s left with nothing but an offer of employment from a distant family friend, Lord Rathford, and the only piece of her life that she could salvage. She’s spent the last six months working as a housemaid, keeping Lord Rathford’s house frozen in perfected disarray, and working up the courage to finally fix and clean the broken watch she managed to save from her father’s workshop. Reaching out to the reclusive groom, Meg seeks Will’s help in bringing her most precious possession back to life. The watch opens doors to a world of secrets, danger, friendship, and technological impossibilities come to life. Meg may have not be able to find her way back to her previous social status, but she’s determined to unravel the mystery laid before her.
Victorian England is the perfect backdrop for this steampunk story. Meg invites herself into the dangerous world of a secret society bringing along a chance for love and friendship. The first book of The Secret Order forges a plot thick with passionate and brave characters struggling to make sense of the world as they now know it. In this world of secrets, trust isn’t given lightly and villains stalk through the night in black. Kristin Bailey’s high-flying sci-fi adventure will keep readers intrigued from page one!