When the oil and gas ran out, civilisation collapsed. Now, centuries later, mankind is once again beginning to discover the secrets of the past … starting with clockwork.

In a future Denmark, the King’s clockmaker becomes enmeshed in a web of court intrigue and undertakes a fateful journey to the Far North, where he encounters many strange phenomena that challenge his rational nature.




Kingdom of Clockwork is a series of science fiction/steampunk novels by Billy O’Shea, set in a clockwork world that arises in Scandinavia following the collapse of civilisation.  Lacking fossil fuels and knowledge of past technology, the new kingdoms of the northern lands can draw only upon the power of the wind, which they store using clockwork. But the King of Kantarborg has a plan to mine other secrets of the past, and weaves a young court clockmaker into his dangerous schemes.

The Kingdom of Clockwork series has been described as “alternate history, historical fantasy and steampunk”. The books are quirky, intriguing, humorous tales of reason, magic and human cunning. Real Scandinavian history and locations are combined with flights of fancy, both literal and metaphorical.

Billy O’Shea is an Irishman who has lived in Scandinavia for more than thirty years. Among his sources of inspiration for Kingdom of Clockwork, he cites the Dane Hans Christian Andersen, the Irishman Jonathan Swift and the 17th-century English science fiction writer Francis Godwin.

The novels are available at this site as paperbacks and audio books.  E-book versions are available from Amazon and Kobo.

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