Cherokee Author, Daniel H. Wilson, Releases ‘The Clockwork Dynasty’ on August 1

The Clockwork Dynasty: A Novel
By Daniel H. Wilson

Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times best-selling author of RobogenesisRobopocalypse, and many other sci-fi books, will soon release his latest novel, The Clockwork Dynasty, on August 1st, 2017, through Doubleday.

About the novel:

An ingenious new thriller that weaves a path through history, following a race of human-like machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries, written by the New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse.

Present day: When a young anthropologist specializing in ancient technology uncovers a terrible secret concealed in the workings of a three-hundred-year-old mechanical doll, she is thrown into a hidden world that lurks just under the surface of our own. With her career and her life at stake, June Stefanov will ally with a remarkable traveler who exposes her to a reality she never imagined, as they embark on an around-the-world adventure and discover breathtaking secrets of the past…

Russia, 1725: In the depths of the Kremlin, the tsar’s loyal mechanician brings to life two astonishingly humanlike mechanical beings. Peter and Elena are a brother and sister fallen out of time, possessed with uncanny power, and destined to serve great empires. Struggling to blend into pre-Victorian society, they are pulled into a legendary war that has raged for centuries.

The Clockwork Dynasty seamlessly interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings designed to live by ironclad principles, yet constantly searching for meaning. As June plunges deeper into their world, her choices will ultimately determine their survival or extermination. Richly-imagined and heart-pounding, Daniel H. Wilson’s novel expertly draws on his robotics and science background, combining exquisitely drawn characters with visionary technology—and riveting action.


Kirkus Reviews saysClockwork Dynasty is “[a] thrilling mix of influences, much like Sylvain Neuvel’s Sleeping Giants (2016) and HBO’s Westworld, that creates a captivating scenario begging for many sequels.”

Pixelated Geek says: “Daniel H. Wilson’s prose is fast-moving and flowing, easily drawing you into places like 1700’s Russia or London. He grounds the story with little details like the sound of gravel popping under tires, and regularly sets the mood with beautifully poetic phrases.”

Shelf Awareness says: “The Clockwork Dynasty is a hybrid: engrossing historical fiction starring ancient androids and mile-a-minute present-day action thriller. Wilson’s novel sweeps readers from imperial courts to blood-soaked battlefields and tinkerer’s workshops both futuristic and arcane.”

The Ghastly Grimoire says: “I’ve been struggling with whether or not to give this book three or four stars. Ultimately, I’ve decided on the former and this is why: it takes too damn long to pick up. Additionally, the flow is horrendous. Each chapter alternates between June and Peter, with June as the present and Peter as the past.”


Unbound Worlds and Wilson discuss robots and books.

WNYC interviewed Wilson in “Daniel Wilson’s Steampunk Robot Romp Through History.”


Readers can buy Wilson’s The Clockwork Dynasty through Amazontheir favorite local indie bookseller, or directly from the publisher.