Excellent book, not had a chance to read the sequel, but I hear it is very good as well. Matt, were there Automatons in the first book? I do not recall this being suggested.
In the first book, the "clackers" in the underground gambling maze were "mechanical constructs with crab-like pinchers" that moved of their own volition. As books states, "A clacker. The army uses those on the front lines, doesn't it? They're automated to fillet people like fish."
BTW, I am halfway through the second book and it does not disappoint.
Ah you are right, I had forgotten about those. Though they ran on tracks and didn't seem intelligent to any degree. I got the impression they were simply machines that someone turned on and they ran about the little maze slicing and dicing until someone turned them off. I could be wrong, but I got the impression they were not any sort of automated thing. Either way, a slight twist here and there would make it possible in the world given the magic and technology present.
Matt, have you read the second book? I am currently reading it (not far in yet) but it expands upon some stuff. Looks the sewer/water/pumping stations beneath the city are getting some love. Sounds like the perfect place for gaming.