Sometimes it's great to discover the first book in a trilogy late--that means the sequels are already out and there's no wait to read them. That's what happened to me with this book, The Cabinet of Wonders, The Kronos Chronicles, book 1 (Farrar Strauss & Giroux, 2008) by Marie Rutkoski.
Petra Kronos has a pet metal spider named Astrophil, whom her father made. He's made other live metal animals, too. Mikal Kronos is such a good inventor, Prince Rodolpho commissioned him to come to Prague and build a clock. But when her father is returned to the family blinded (the prince had Mikal's eyes taken out), Petra decides to go to Prague and steal her father's eyes back. Along the way she'll get help from old and new friends, and find out there's more to this clock than she imagines.
This story is a great mix of fantasy and history with magical elements. I've already ordered book 2!
Until September 12th, you can enter a giveway for an advanced copy of Marie's next book, The Shadow Society, which is a YA book.
Marie is doing a book tour this fall. Here's the schedule on her website.